by Iain Roberts on 24 September, 2015
Cheshire East Council have issued their latest plans for new housing, including nearly 4,000 new houses to be built near to the Stockport border.
The Lib Dems fully support new houses being built – they are needed for our communities in both Cheshire and Stockport.
We also hope that the correct process has been followed to ensure houses are only built on greenfield sites where there is no viable alternative – the Planning Inspector will be considering that issue.
We are very worried about the traffic all these new houses will generate.
900 new homes around Wilmslow, 650 between Poynton and Woodford and 2,200 between Handforth and Cheadle Hulme. 3,750 in total. The majority have already been allocated land, butCheshire East doesn’t know exactly where 1,100 of them will be built, which means land that was expected to remain as green fields under the previous plan may be built on under the new one.
Housing is important, but just as critical are the transport links, schools, doctors’ surgeries and other amenities to support all those people.
The logic behind building those houses near to Stockport is that most people will come to jobs in Stockport and Manchester. That’s fine – but how will they get there? Where are the cars going to go? Down the already over-congested A34? Bus services are poor as are train services from Handforth and Poynton.
The Lib Dems will continue to put pressure on Conservative-run Cheshire East to come up with proper plans to improve transport links. We are calling on local Conservative MP Mary Robinson to support our call. This issue has been around for well over a year and we are no aware of any comments from Mary Robinson about it, despite the massive effect it will have on the lives of people across Cheadle constituency.