Plan application won’t get attention
Dear Sir, — I have concerns that planning application 19/5583D (Twyfords development), registered 3/12/2019, will not receive the attention it merits because it has been presented in the busy period before Christmas.
It requests the removal of condition 14, which was agreed in the decision notice of 11/4109c in 11/2013.
The condition recommends a linear park feature around an open stream, to replace the culvert mentioned in Cheshire East’s own strategic flood risk assessment (August 2013) with the following quotes: “Placing further development over the culvert should be avoided as access maybe required in the future.
“It could be susceptible to blockage or collapse.
“Opportunities to de-culvert the watercourse should be assessed as part of the site flood risk assessment.”
The Wainhomes report describes the culvert as self-cleaning, in good condition and needing only periodic maintenance.
Another report by Malcolm Hughes (land surveyor) appears to record a point in a cctv probe where the camera could not proceed because of a blockage.
There is a letter from the Cheshire East environmental officer who recommends the water feature to compensate for the fragmentation of bat foraging and for adding biodiversity to the development.
A final paragraph of the decision notice states that the proposal “maximises its contribution to nature conservation in accordance with policies N2 (statutory sites) and NR3 (habitats) of the Congleton Borough Local Plan”.
Why should such attempts to enhance developments, when outline planning is sought, later be proposed for removal and when they have been agreed by a committee, should a later decision be left to delegated authority?
Alsager Town Council will not have the opportunity to comment unless a request is accepted to extend the deadline for comments. — Yours faithfully,