Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Board - Wednesday, 28th February, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: The Capesthorne Room - Town Hall, Macclesfield SK10 1EA. View directions

Contact: Sam Jones  Tel: 01270 685705 Email:

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


No apologies for absence were received.


Declarations of Interest/Pre Determination

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests and for Members to declare if they have a pre-determination in respect of any item on the agenda.


In the interest of openness the following declarations were made:


Councillor Puddicombe declared that, in relation to application 23/3619M, all Members had received brochure of the development form the agent / applicant, and he had received a letter via email from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England on the subject of the application.


Councillor Gardiner declared that, in relation to application 23/3619M, he was known to the agent of the applicant, Gary Halman, as their paths had crossed with Councilor Gardiner was a practising planner, although they had not been in contact for several years and not discussed the application. Councillor Gardiner also declared that he was a member of Knutsford Town Council and met regularly with the applicant as they had large land holdings in the area, and had connections to the Knutsford Town Council buildings, however the application had not been discussed. Councillor Gardiner also declared that one of the public speakers, Councillor Anthony Harrison, was also a member of his local Conservative group.


Councillor Smetham declared that, in relation to application 23/3619M, she was acquainted with the agent of the applicant, Gary Halman, as a local resident.


Councillor Mannion declared that, in relation to application 23/3619M, he had previously been portfolio holder for Cheshire East Council’s Economy and Growth Committee, had been in Chair of the committee, and was currently Vice Chair of the committee and therefore was aware of the redevelopment on the site, but has had not no direct involvement with the application or applicant.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 31 January 2024 as a correct record.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 31 January 2024 be approved as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:


Councillor Jackson requested that Condition 7, for application 22/1930C be amended to include “hedgerows”.




Public Speaking

A total period of 5 minutes is allocated for each of the planning applications for the following:


·         Ward Councillors who are not members of the Strategic Planning Board

·         The relevant Town/Parish Council


A period of 3 minutes is allocated for each of the planning applications for the following individuals/groups:


·         Members who are not members of the Strategic Planning Board and are not the Ward Member

·         Objectors

·         Supporters

·         Applicants


The public speaker procedure was noted.


23/3619M - Heatherley Woods, Alderley Park, NETHER ALDERLEY, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE, SK10 4TG pdf icon PDF 618 KB

To consider the above planning application.

Additional documents:


Consideration was given to the above planning application. The following attended the meeting and spoke in relation to the application:


Ward Councillor: Councillor Anthony Harrison

Parish Councillor: Councillor Lesley Gleave, Nether Alderley Parish Council 

Adjacent Member: Councillor Craig Browne, Alderley Edge Ward

Objectors: Dave Clarke, Marcus Raphael, Nicki Juniper, Susan Clarke, Roger Stephenson, Sean Smith 

Supporters: Jeremy Banks

Agent / Applicant: Gary Halman



For the reasons set out in the report, the application be APPROVED as recommended, subject to the following conditions:

1.    Standard 3 year consent

2.    Approved Plans

3.    Materials

4.    Full hard and soft landscape details –planting plans and specifications, specifications for planting and guying the semi-mature trees and details for an irrigation system, all furniture & include boundary treatment

5.    Implementation of landscaping and 5 year replacement

6.    Details for the new bridge  - decking, parapet and abutment facing materials

7.    A Landscape & Ecology Management Plan including tree belt for a minimum 30-year period. (in accordance with BNG).

8.    Submission of a scheme for the protection of the retained trees, and an arboricultural method statement

9.    Submission of a detailed Construction Specification / Method Statement for the proposed secondary access and associated bridge in accordance with the Heads of Terms identified in the submitted AIA

10. Existing and proposed levels, contours and cross sections, including sections through the site boundaries and woodland edges.

11. Submission of a detailed strategy / design,  ground investigation, and associated management / maintenance plan for the drainage of the site

12. Separate drainage systems for foul and surface water

13. Electrical vehicle infrastructure

14. Approval of noise mitigation

15. Approval of a contaminated land remediation strategy

16. Contaminated land verification report

17. Soil tests for contamination

18. Measures to deal with unexpected contamination

19. Full details of existing and proposed levels and contours

20. Submission and implementation of a Construction Environmental Management Plan, which includes measures to safeguard the adjacent woodland/LWS from noise, dust, lighting during the construction phase.

21. Implementation of Great Crested Newt Reasonable Avoidance Measures.

22. Safeguarding of Nesting Birds

23. Implementation of lighting in accordance with the submitted strategy.

24. Submission and implementation of habitat creation method statement and 30 year monitoring and management plan.

25. Incorporation of features to increase the biodiversity value of the development (Bat and bird boxes etc.).


And the additional conditions:


26.  Covered cycle parking

27.  Travel plan

28.  Minimum renewable energy provision of 10%


And a Section 106 Agreement is required to secure the following:


Section 106



Alderley Park




Agreed mechanism to be

agreed with the LPA in

line with previous agreements

Prior to the


of development

Offsite affordable



Equivalent to 30%

provision at £3.154m

£1m Prior to the

Commencement of the


£1m Prior to occupation

of the apartments

£1.154m on Occupation of

80% of the Extra Care


Extra Care Use



Definition to be agreed in

writing by the LPA

Prior to the

commencement of


Offsite woodland

Enhancements  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42.