2014 October: Cheadle Unite ‘Together’ Petition To Bill Cash MP
On 23rd Sept 2014 Cheadle Parish Councillors proposed Cheadle Unite and the other action groups around Cheadle work together to stop excessive housing allocations landing on Cheadle.
It has always been the objective of Cheadle Unite to live up to it’s name while supporting Cheadle East (from where we originated). We are therefore adding a link on Cheadle Unite to the Cheadle Unite ‘Together’ Site. This page details the common aims and objectives of all action groups that sign up to ensuring significant cuts in housing numbers for Cheadle. Please click on ‘Together’ at the top of the page to see our fellow neighbour action groups around Cheadle.
During the summer Cheadle Unite were working with Bill Cash MP to draw up a Petition to the House of Commons and the housing minister to address our excessive housing allocation. The immediate issue is 190 houses proposed off Thorley Drive. But it is clear from the new housing proposals around Brookhouses and the 23rd Sept Cheadle Post & Times article detailing new site allocations (The red dots in the picture below) that all of Cheadle is at threat. If not by houses by increased road congestion, stretching of resources (schools, Doctors and dentists) and increased road pollution, flooding risks.. and the list goes on. All while affordable and sustainable regeneration of Brownfield sites around Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries is at a stand still.
Following discussions with BillCash MP we have Bills support with a Petition to the House of Commons which aims to reduce SMDC’s 1320 planned dwellings to a maximum of 880 protecting the majority of Cheadles Green Fields avoiding any more stress and site allocations for Cheadle Residents. It details how the infrastructure cannot cope and Petition s for the reduction to 880 dwellings with only 240 of that number made up of what we believe are Greenfield developments in Cheadle North ( Area1, Which we have struggled to defend given the areas high sustainability score). The Figure for Greenfields currently stands at 680 after deducting completions/ agreements (240) and urban areas (400) from SMDCs Target 1320 and the balance of 440 unidentifed sites after deducting Cheadle North (240) are the reason why developers are targeting areas all over Cheadle . The Petition is as follows:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of residents of the constituency of Stone in Staffordshire,
Declares that residents of Cheadle oppose excessive levels of housing development; further that the Petitioners believe that the prospect of new site allocation plans is simply unacceptable; further that the Petitioners believe that permitting for 1,320 houses up to 2031 is still well above local demand and unworkable; further that the Petitioners believe that there is much opportunity to develop nearby regenerating sites and the Potteries with affordable housing in the heart of existing road, rail and canal infrastructure, while protecting the environment and agriculture; further that recent housing proposals have been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to build up to 190 houses on land off Thorley Drive in Ashbourne Road; further that the Petitioners believe that the Thorley Drive site is inappropriate and it is currently a group of fields used, for example, for grazing; further that the Petitioners believe that the access to the Thorley Drive site is dangerous as it is already very difficult for drivers to get out of the end of Ashbourne Road; further that the Petitioner believe that the surrounding road network cannot support the increasing number of cars and traffic which relate to developing the town with housing completions and commitments to 240 dwellings the anticipated new allocation of 400 dwellings in urban areas and the new allocation of 240 dwellings north of Cheadle and further that the Petitioners believe there are not the facilities or the infrastructure in place for the proposed housing.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department for Communities and Local Government to intervene in this matter to ensure that housing proposals that sit outside of currently identified sites for completions and commitments to 240 dwellings, the anticipated new allocations of 400 dwellings in urban areas and the new allocation for 240 dwellings north of Cheadle are rejected over the planning period until 2031 and further that the Petitioners request that the House urges the local council to reduce the housing allocation for Cheadle, preferably by moving a percentage to the Potteries and with no futher development of Greenfield sites.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.
Please Support Cheadle and contact either Cheadle Unite or your nearest action group above to sign this petition or help out. Cheadleunite@dsl.pipex.com
Bill Cash has an opportunity to present this to the House of Commons and to The Housing Minister to make this happen. We believe the above is achievable.
But We need your support for example a signature on this Petition and support securing other signatures and at conveying the issues we face in Cheadle to the House of Commons. Such details as how we don’t have the infrastructure (road capacity, school places, pollution issues, flood potential ). We need photo’s evidence, school place demand etc and your support in gathering petition signatures to make this happen.
Please contact Cheadle Unite firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the other Action groups detailed in ‘together’ above to sign this petition and help fight these excessive proposals.
1320 Houses/Dwellings Still Planned for Cheadle250 Houses In Cheadle North East 190 Houses NOW Applied for In Cheadle East
26%+ Swell in Our Population Planned in 12 years 441 In Urban Sites Around Cheadle 200 Properties on Small Urban Extensions