Stapeley Water Gardens site, London Road entrance

A controversial bid to build 146 homes on the old Stapeley Water Gardens site will go before councillors with dozens of objections lodged.

But despite fears raised by Environment Agency, highways officers and residents, planners have recommended it be approved.

The EA highlights a series of gaps in the proposals on how the new David Wilson Homes development would cope with flood waters and heavy rain.

The highways manager higlights traffic assessments were done without developers realising Stapeley Angling Centre could remain on the development site.

And they are also calling for fresh traffic counts at the London Road, after villagers fighting the plans carried out their own counts which were found to be higher.

There have 43 letters of objection in all, covering wider issues such as the Peter de Stapleigh Way access, increased traffic problems such as rat-running, noise and pollution, and the impact on schools and health services.

Of the 146-homes, 33% would be classed as “affordable units” offering social rentals and intermediate tenures.

Developers claim the site would generate an extra 22 primary age pupils and 17 secondary age pupils.

And the report also claims there is “current surplus” in primaries, but that projections to 2017 would see a need to fund at least five extra places.

A planning report states: “There are a few issues of outstanding matters to be clarified in respect of updates from the Environment Agency, the education payment, and highways.

“Subject to the above, it is recommended that the proposed development should be approved subject to the completion of a Legal Agreement to secure the delivery of affordable housing, open space and LEAP, and a contribution towards primary school education.”

The full report is due before Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board on  Wednesday July 11.

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