Edward Timpson and Cllrs Martin and Groves campaign in Stapeley

Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has issued a plea to residents in Stapeley to back the fight to stop more housing developments.

He believes the “power of the people” which stopped the Parkers Road traveller’s site in Crewe should give villagers heart.

Mr Timpson has joined local councillors Andrew Martin and Peter Groves in throwing their weight behind the ‘”Say No to Development in Stapeley” petition being run by Protect Stapeley action group.

They are against outline proposals from Muller Property Group for more than 1,000 homes sandwiched on a “Nantwich South” greenfield site between Audlem Road, London Road and Peter de Stapleigh Way.

Mr Timpson, who has posted a joint petition for residents on his website, said: “My experience in helping to defeat the proposed Parkers Road Travellers Site shows we can prevent developments by seizing the initiative and working together as a community.

“Many residents understandably don’t want to lose the green land surrounding their homes to new buildings overcrowding the local area and I will help them, alongside the local councillors, to fight to prevent this from happening.

“As an MP I have no direct influence on the planning rules or processes of Cheshire East Council, but I promise to do what I can to support the Stapeley Action Group.”

A spokesman for Protect Stapeley said: “The ‘In Touch’ magazine produced by Mr Timpson, has an article that strongly opposes any housing development in Stapeley.

“This, together with the ‘Say No to Development in Stapeley’ petition is great news for the Protect Stapeley campaign.”

Stapeley Parish Council is staging a public meeting to discuss the developments on September 20 at Pear Tree Primary School.

Cllrs Martin and Groves along with Leader of Cheshire East Council Michael Jones, will be attending. It starts at 7.30pm.

Residents can also visit an exhibition of the draft Town Strategy in Nantwich Library until October 1 2012, and can take part in Nantwich Town Council consultation sessions on September 4 and 6 from 5pm and 7pm.

5 Comments

  1. Nigel Imby says:

    Paul – you’re right. I should have said ‘less than 15 years ago’. Put it down to a lapse of memory. My point is still valid, I think.
    Interesting that you say ‘I think most people on the Stapeley estate wouldn’t stand in the way of the town developing again around us – as long as the infrastructure is in place to support the extra residents.’ Mr. Timpson, on the other hand, is quoted here as saying ‘Many residents understandably don’t want to lose the green land surrounding their homes to new buildings overcrowding the local area…’

    • Paul says:

      Nigel, Mr Timpson makes an interesting point – at the same time as his ‘boss’ stated there were too many “not in my back yards” regarding development. I remember being abused (little strong, but I can’t think of another way of describing it) by a shop worker when she found out we had moved to Stapeley. That’s why it irks me when people stated ‘we’ are against any development – I’m actually for it – as long as the infrastructure can take it – which it clearly can’t.

      Either way, regardless of mine, yours or even Mr Timpsons views, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see houses built on that land within the next 3 years.

  2. Paul says:

    Nigel – your point is somewhat incorrect – I have lived on the Stapeley estate for 13 years and there were people already living there – so they weren’t pristine green fields 10 years ago.

    However, if you talk to people they are not opposed to the development full-stop – just opposed to the current plans – in the main those of lack of new roads and schools.

    I think most people on the Stapeley estate wouldn’t stand in the way of the town developing again around us – as long as the infrastructure is in place to support the extra residents.

    From an outsiders position the proposed development the other side of town appears to at least have a better infrastructure available to it.

  3. Nigel Imby says:

    Just wondering how many of the anti-Stapeley petition signatories live in new houses on what were pristine green fields less than 10 years ago. How do you think that local residents felt at the time? Delighted? Probably not.

  4. Lainey says:

    I’m surprised that there has been no mention of the Draft Nantwich Town Strategy Document. This consultaion document was posted on the Cheshire East Council website on Friday 31st August 2012. Interesting Reading!!!

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