Campaigners claim a property firm’s proposals for a controversial green belt site ride roughshod over the outline planning permission.
Seashell Trust was given the go-ahead 'in principle' to build 325 new homes on land it owns in Heald Green following a public inquiry last year.
The scheme will part-fund the special school’s plans for a multi-million pound revamp of its ageing Stockport campus.
Now developer Bloor Homes has submitted a fully detailed application for a ‘first phase’ of 202 homes at the site between the A34 and Wilmslow Road.
It says that changes to the layout ‘improve connectivity’ throughout the site, include ‘significantly’ more trees and hedgerows and boast more than five acres of open space covering a quarter of the site.
All homes would have electric vehicle charging facilities and a third would be available for 'affordable' purchase or rent.
But the detailed proposals have been met with fury by Heald Green Action Group, which has long opposed Seashell Trust and Bloor Homes plans.
They are angry about the the inclusion of five new access points to properties facing Wilmslow Road, as the outline planning permission is for a single-entry cul-de-sac development.
And they claim the plans also represent a ‘blatant intent’ to link to Eden Point roundabout on the A34, potentially paving the way for hundreds of new homes on the fields.
A spokesperson for the group said: "The five new vehicle access points along Wilmslow Road are clearly not included in that outline planning permission and cannot be considered as being so.”
They add that the inclusion of the new access points is a 'significant departure' from the agreed planning permission for two reasons - claims which Bloor reject.
“Firstly, Bloor have removed two roads from inside the development – the roads servicing these 28 houses," they said.
"By doing this, Bloor have passed the issue they had in fitting 325 houses on the development onto the wider community by compromising the traffic along Wilmslow Road.
“Secondly, the only access to those 28 houses – and the significant number of cars that brings – is now being proposed to be direct and uncontrolled to Wilmslow Road.
"This is significant as it means that short section of road – now a main feeder road to the A555 bypass - will have six new junctions and a pedestrian crossing. "
The action group says this raises real concerns over traffic levels and road safety.
“The issues for safety and congestion are clear and, given the expected number of cars per household there is a significant risk that cars will also be left parked along the pavements on Wilmslow Road," a spokesman added
However Bloor has rejected the group’s claims, and says the application has been worked up following ‘extensive’ engagement with local residents and the council.
A spokesperson for the firm said: “The application, including the main access point as proposed to be taken from Wilmslow Road, sits within the boundaries of the outline application already granted permission.
“Any other access points proposed are shared private accesses to properties fronting Wilmslow Road, which reflects existing circumstances locally, and follows good design principles."
They continue: “The main access road through the site follows all previous masterplans and stops well short of the site boundary. This clearly indicates that the application does not propose, nor is it reliant on, any connection to the A34 Eden Point roundabout.”
Tony Newton, senior land director at Bloor Homes, said the firm was proud of the proposals.
He said: "We remain totally committed to these proposals and would start on site immediately upon the receipt of planning permission, which will in turn create jobs and generate economic growth.
“The approach to creating distinct homes and quality places has been reinforced by key shifts in how people live as a result of increased flexible working, consideration of work-life balance and the ‘new normal’ established as a result of COVID-19.
"Each have emphasised the importance of delivering high quality places for people to live and access to amenity space within gardens and open space provision.”