Opposition Builds Against Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle And Heald Green Green Belt Housing Plans

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Opposition to plans to build up to 8,000 new homes on protected land is growing.

Residents have blasted town hall plans to develop huge areas of green belt land, with three large developments planned.

A site by the A34 in Cheadle Hulme and Heald Green could see 3,700 homes; while 2,000 more could be built by Outwood Farm in Heald Green.

Cheadle Conservative MP Mary Robinson submitted a 2,700-signature petition to Parliament last week on behalf of residents opposing the three plans. It called for council chiefs to rethink plans and instead prioritise brownfield development.

A Save Heald Green Greenbelt action group has also been set up to fight the proposals.

Council chiefs say the site along the A34, north of the Seashell Trust, would ‘provide an extension to Heald Green and Cheadle Hulme’, but admit the proposal is ‘a large scale of development in an area which already suffers from severe congestion’.

Mrs Robinson said: “If this scale of development goes ahead, it will not only devastate our countryside, but it will place unprecedented pressure on local structures and undermine our local communities.

“The huge support for my petition shows the strength of feeling about this spatial strategy which seeks to concrete over our greenbelt and clearly does not reflect the developments that local people want.

“The building of over 8,000 houses on the green belt of Cheadle lacks any vision for our area.”