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Macclesfield MPs say plan 'C' house-building location is not most attractive

A controversial proposal to build 360 homes in Macclesfield's Green Belt have been played down by the town's MP.

A controversial proposal to build 360 homes in Macclesfield's Green Belt have been played down by the town's MP.

The draft Macclesfield Local Plan has identified a large area suitable for development  between Bollinbrook, Riverside Park, Prestbury and Upton Priory.

Residents and borough councillors have railed against the idea and voiced their fears at a public meeting.

But MP David Rutley reassured 200 worried residents the area, known as 'C', was not a priority compared to south Macclesfield and Tytherington.

He said: "It is no surprise that 'C' has been the proposal of the most concern and opposition. I share that concern. I have met with the council leader. I have been given assurances it is not regarded as one of the focuses of development in Cheshire East. We cannot stand still but there are more areas that are appropriate."

Councillor Brendan Murphy hinted he had also been given assurances from that area C, which includes land south of Willowmead and east of Macclesfield road adjoining the Bollin Valley, wouldn't be developed.

Despite this he urged residents to "fight it all of the way".

Other councillors recorded their opposition including Lloyd Roberts, Louise Brown, David Neilson and Martin Hardy.

Residents were urged to respond the the next stage of the Macclesfield Local Plan.

Residents at the meeting at Bollinbrook CoE Primary School voted unanimously to oppose plans to remove area C's Green Belt status.

 
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