Cheshire green belt housing plans approved

The land
Image caption More than 170 homes will be built on the land

Plans to build houses on land that used to form part of the Cheshire green belt have been approved.

More than 170 homes will be built on a stud farm at Stanneylands Road, near Wilmslow.

The land lost its green belt status with Cheshire East Council to meet house-building targets.

Residents opposed to the scheme say the area has been "over targeted" by housing plans, but developers say the scheme is "sustainable".

The homes will be built by Barratt and David Wilson Homes.

Housing targets

A report to Cheshire East councillors said the site made a "valuable contribution" to ensuring the council kept to its five-year housing targets.

"The development will not have a detrimental effect on the local highway network, the trees on or around the site (or) to local ecology," it added.

The authority redesignated a number of green belt sites earlier this year as part of its local housing plan, which earmarked land for 36,000 new homes for more than 30 years.

Local resident Justin Barlow, said: "Our primary concern is the loss of green spaces and the terrible traffic the plans would cause."

Another resident, Liz Dronsfield, said the plan would "ruin" the former green belt area.

"Cheshire has been over targeted with new development", she added.

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