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On Tuesday 7th September, the Parish Council hosted a virtual community meeting with representatives of Redrow and Jones Homes concerning the LPS15 development application.
The application is now live on the Cheshire East Council website reference 21/4113M.
You can watch a stream of the meeting here:
At the meeting, the representatives of the developers undertook to provide answers to some questions that they couldn’t answer on the night.
Has the land been tested for leachates from the old tip?
When the Intrusive Investigations are completed the ground will be tested for a range of contaminants. The Phase 1 report forms the basis for the testing which would highlight any off site issues that need to be taken in to account. All the works will need to satisfy the Local Authority and NHBC in order to obtain the necessary certification for the properties to be sold and inhabited.
Did traffic assessment take account of the closure of Congleton tip?
The consultant didn’t take account of the closure of Congleton tip. Congleton tip has only just closed (5th September) so the evidence of things being much busier is a limited. In terms of the TA it looks at the morning and evening peak flows which are not busy times for a tip. Indeed the evening peak is 17:00 to 18:00 and the tip is actually closed during this period. This will only affect flows to and from the south west and in the context of the TA this is just the site access which has plenty of spare capacity. Where capacity is tight to the northeast – Flower Pot junction and the Congleton Road junctions with Moss Lane and Thornton Avenue the closure of Congleton tip won’t have any impact on flows.
Did the TA take account of Covid?
They were done in May and June when traffic is less than normal due to Covid? The TA authors were advised by Cheshire East officers to do counts as they were of the opinion that flows had returned to normal. They had been doing survey work in other locations during the weeks before. They did do some checks against old count data and information from the South Macc TA which showed the figures were not materially different.
Is there any information on comparing the traffic counts done against pre- covid conditions?
Has the effect of the opening of the Congleton Link road been included in the TA and the effect on the traffic cameras being put in on this stretch of road?
The Congleton Road bypass was open at the time of the surveys so yes this has been taken account off. The timing of the counts was carefully monitored to avoid the road works on Congleton Road.
What are the peat depths across the site?
Below is an extract from the site investigation report showing the location of peat in the area. The depth ranges from 1m – 2.5m below ground level.