Land at the rear of the Water Street Centre - Appeal - Town Council's Observations
The Town Council has now commented to Cheshire East Council concerning the Appeal submitted by the owner of the land at the rear of the Centre. This follows the refusal of the application by Cheshire East Council's Norther Area Planning Committee
Land to the rear of the Water Street Centre, WATER STREET, BOLLINGTON
Proposed erection of two detached houses on former playground, construction of a new road bridge across the River Dean, widening of the existing vehicular access onto John Street and the re-organisation of the former playground at the rear of the Water Street Centre. Deadline 9th August.
The Town Council RESOLVED to reiterate its recommended refusal of this application and to support the RESOLUTION of the Northern Area Planning Committee which refused it prior to this appeal on the grounds of over development.
The Town Council acknowledged that the land could be developed, however, the nature of the proposed development did not enhance the conservation area in terms of the size and scale of the proposed buildings - they were not in keeping with those that surrounded it. As such, the Town Council felt that application constituted over development.
Also, and very importantly, it was the access to this land and the problems it would cause that were an issue: The Town Council was very concerned regarding the loss of parking at the Water Street Centre because the access road would pass through the Centre's car park. This would reduce the parking provision to well below what this Centre needed and as such it would inevitably further exacerbate the parking and obstruction problems which were already very severe on Water Street and John Street. It should be noted that there were also proposals, and consultations were underway by the Bollington Initiative Trust the owners of the Centre, for the establishment of a Family Hub at the Centre. This would have a proposed catchment area beyond Bollington and would see a significant increase in activity at the Centre. The loss of parking and the increase in activity associated with this proposed Family Hub, or indeed any future development of this currently under-used building, should not be allowed to go hand in hand with the loss of parking. Providing access to the land at the rear through this car park was a short-term expedient which would have long term consequences for residents and users of the Centre.