While AudlemOnline has been publishing readers' comments on the Chatbox, this contribution raises a range of issues that will be of interest to a wider audience.
I am angered at the information leaflet delivered to Audlem residents by Gladman regarding the proposed development in Audlem. The developer has given residents less than 3 days to respond to the proposal and then intend to present detailed proposals at a public exhibition during the Easter holidays when many will be away from home.
I perceive this as underhanded, devious and very likely to stir up further objections simply because of the manner of the so called 'consultation'.
I note that the developers can't even get the street name and location map in the leaflet correct. The leaflet also does not address the fundamental question: in considering locations, why was Audlem deemed as appropriate for development and a site for the affordable housing when the village has nothing in the way of employment opportunities for these new residents, lacks good transport links, has very limited capacity in primary school places and limited medical facilities – namely a doctor's surgery that is already beyond capacity (no dentist and no hospital)?
The size of the proposed development is grossly excessive for a small village that lacks any transport links other than road and a very infrequent bus service. This proposal equates to approximately 10% increase in the housing in Audlem!
Furthermore the proposed development would destroy the outlook of many neighbouring houses – a critical aspect of the high quality of village life that Audlem offers. (not mine – this is not an NIMBY complaint!)
The proposal raises a number of questions that need to be addressed by Cheshire East Council and Gladman in order to fully assess the sustainability of the development within the village, including:
Regarding the specific questions raised in the leaflet:
I expect I am not alone in my anger at the manner in which Gladman has acted so far and proposes to proceed. Does AudlemOnline propose to collate and publish the feelings, concerns and questions that residents have regarding this proposed development?
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