A proposal to build up to 57 homes, a petrol station, convenience store, drive-thru and officers near the M6 looks set to be thrown-out by planners next week.
Developer Muller Property Group revealed its plan to build the scheme on land off Old Mill Road in Sandbach – by the Wheelock bypass – after a scheme including 85 homes and a care home was knocked back.
Cheshire East Council planners now look likely to refuse the new proposal when they meet at the strategic planning board on Wednesday.
A council report states: “The proposal includes an out-of-centre retail/recreation development. It is accepted that there are no sequentially preferable sites.
The highways implications of the development are considered to be acceptable. However the commercial parts of the development would be dependent on private motor vehicle and Old Mill Road would act as a barrier to linkages to Sandbach Town Centre to encourage linked trips.
“The apartments would have a harmful privacy impact upon the occupants at Condliffe Close.
“The site is an important gateway to Sandbach and the proposed development fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area.”
The council also says the development would have an detrimental impact on the Sandbach Wildlife Corridor.
The land surrounding the Old Mill Road site currently has outline planning permission for up to 200 new homes – with a final application expected to be submitted later this year.
Developer Muller says the latest site would have included ‘bespoke apartments’ to complement the ‘gateway to Sandbach’.
A statement to the council said: “The site lies on one of gateways into Sandbach. Therefore, particular attention was given to the design of entrance features and focal points in the northern corner of the site.
“The scheme proposes 57. dwellings and an office block to the south of the site. The residential mix comprises of two and three-storey, one and two-bed apartments, two-storey three-bed semi-detached and terraced properties as well as three-storey four-bedroomsemi-detached and terraced dwellings.
“It has been designed to add character to this Sandbach gateway location with bespoke apartments elevation and entrance feature that will be visible from the A533/A534 roundabout.”
Cheshire East has received 66 objections from local residents.
One Browning Close resident said: “Sandbach residents and the planning process have made it clear that any sort of hybrid development is not wanted here.
“The major road out of Sandbach is going to be stop start traffic between two roundabouts operating over capacity separated by traffic lights and maybe a turning into Capricorn park off Old Mill Road.”