4BackgroundA proposal by Mactaggart & Mickel (December 2010) outlining the development of the Shavington Triangle with up to 561 homes, as part of Cheshire East’s Spatial Vision and “All Change for Crewe”.Progress so far…20th May 2011Public meeting called to discuss the development proposal.7th June 2011Interested residents meet to form a committee to fight the proposal. Chair is Mark Donlon.15th & 22nd June 2011Committee meetings held to allocate areas of responsibility. In excess of 6,000 pages of evidence and related paperwork already collected.
5Stop the proposed development of the “Shavington Triangle” Key ObjectionStop the proposed development of the “Shavington Triangle”
6The Committee Communications – Kris Chesworth Ecology – Martin LanghornHistory & Culture – Aleta SteeleSchools & Local Services – Ian ScottTechnical – Mark Donlon (Chair)Transport – Ron Gartside
7Timeline for ActionCheshire East Planning will begin to look at pre-planning proposals at the end of August 2011.Letters of objection must be logged with the Planning Department by mid-August.Committee actions as follows:-
8EcologyThe Triangle contains diverse varieties of wildlife, mature hedgerows, grassland and scrub which encourages biodiversity9 species of birds recently recorded on the Triangle are listed as RED on the Birds of Conservation Concern list12 animals seen in the Triangle are Species of Principal Importance on the England Biodiversity List, including Hedgehogs, Common Toads, House Sparrows, Song Thrushes and LapwingsPlanning Policy Statement 9 states that “The aim of planning decisions should be to prevent harm to biodiversity and geological conservation interests”Once building work commences, these species will leave the Triangle and will not return. For example, M&M proposals to retain ponding and green areas will not retain sufficient quantities of small mammals to supply the Sparrowhawks and Kestrels
9History & CultureWybunbury has over 1,000 years of recorded history as a rural villageWybunbury is a separate entity from Shavington and includes the Stock Lane / Dig Lane triangle
10Schools and Local Services All Primary, Secondary and Special Needs schools in the catchment area are over-subscribed - validation requiredWithout expansion, this must result in increased class sizesRoads to and around the schools are already congested. Walking to Wybunbury Delves CP school is not an option due to lack of pavements, so congestion is increasedRope Lane Health Centre will receive an influx of patients, increasing appointment times still further
11Technical Issues GAS, ELECTRIC, BT AND WATER MAINS DRAINS SURFACE WATER DISCHARGEPLANNING INC PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAYLOCAL AMENITIESCHESHIRE EAST/GOVERNMENT POLICIES
12Transport Increase in number of homes in Wybunbury from 620 to 1,181 950 additional private cars using local roads as a resultPedestrian & cycle facilities are well used for leisure but will not serve commuter purposes. Main hubs of employment are not served adequately by existing cycleways and footpathsInfrequent bus service availability – hourly and two-hourly. Does not encourage new residents to use public transportProposal to calm traffic will mean other roads used as rat-runs, eg. Stock Lane, Dig Lane, Haymoor Green Road, Wybunbury Lane, etc.‘Safe route to schools’ compromised by the additional trafficTraffic volumes already exceed DfT guidelines for urban roads
13Other FactorsThe Triangle is a Greenfield site. There were 7272 units achievable on Brownfield sites according to Cheshire East's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Nov In the same document the CEC's 5 year target figure is CEC should be utilising these existing resources before considering developing Greenfield sites.There are currently 3,000 empty homes in Cheshire East that should be utilised before any development
14Next StepsCommittee will make door to door calls on all residents to provide bullet point lists and advice for objection letters where necessaryWhere possible, residents to complete their own letter of objection.Letters will be collected by the Committee for delivery en masse to Planning.PLEASE REMEMBERWe are not objecting to the MacTaggart & Mickel proposal.We are objecting to any development of the Triangle in any form.
15How can you help? Support and advice does not need to be technical Assist with letter drops and collectionWrite an objection letter (the Committee can provide proforma letters if required)Talk to your neighbours and anybody else who may be affected and cannot attend the meetings – be vocal!Give us your contact detailsTel: Mark Donlon