Families fight plans for housing estates
RESIDENTS are already preparing to oppose plans for up to 80 new homes – weeks before a planning application has even been submitted.
Seddon Homes held a consultation event at Congleton Town Hall to invite families to have a look at proposals for two new housing developments.
The schemes involve building properties on land off The Moorings in Congleton and off Goldfinch Close and Kestrel Close in the town.
But neighbours of the sites have warned the developments could cause traffic problems on already-busy Canal Road, which runs through the centre of town.
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Derek White, aged 68, of Quayside, Congleton, said: "I'm very strongly opposed to these plans.
"I've been talking to other people who went to the consultation and they are totally against it.
"If Seddon is not careful I can see an action group being set up to fight these plans."
The planned housing estates, which will mix some affordable housing with larger family homes, are within 800 yards of Daven Primary School and Marlfields Marfields Primary School, and close to amenities such as a leisure centre and Congleton Library.
Mr White added: "There's going to be a lot of extra traffic and Canal Road is already overcrowded. In the morning the traffic looks like a snake, crawling from Morrisons through the town.
"It is near to a primary school and a junior school and nowhere near any employment land. I don't think it is going to benefit Congleton."
Kevin Brough, aged 50, of Moorings, Congleton, said: "Housing is a national issue and at some point this has got to be addressed.
"But put houses somewhere safe, not near to a school when traffic is already really busy and the amenities are overloaded.
"Canal Road has got to be one of the of the busiest roads in Congleton. All it is going to do is increase the traffic."
Daphne Sharp, aged 53, of Quayside, said: "I'm a bit concerned. Canal Street drops down to a narrow stretch and the volume of traffic is quite high. Forty new houses could mean 80 extra cars."
Seddon Homes says both its new developments are 'landscape led'.
It adds the schemes have been drawn up by a master landscape planner, rather than an urban architect, focussing on a pleasant environment for residents. Both plans include public open space and children's play areas.
The company says it has not yet finalised the number of houses, but that it will be up to 40 homes on each site.
It added that the developments will be aimed at the family market.
A spokesman said: "Both schemes are deliverable.
"At present we are working with the public and the local authority.
"If plans are approved it will take around two years for building to be completed. While we are building, it will bring local jobs to the area and after that the new residents will spend money in the local community."
An outline planning application is due to be submitted to Cheshire East Council following the public consultation stage.