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Rob Sawyer writes:
The Waters Corporation will be relocating their Mass Spectrometry HQ to the vacant business park in Wilmslow at Stamford Lodge on Altrincham Road (A538) and have lodged a planning application. It is important that the provision for cycling and walking is improved - if we miss this chance there will not be any more.
The planning application documents on-line (select 11/0644M on this link or via www.Cheshireeast.gov.uk )
Here are some key points: Approximately 450 employees (rising to 550 will relocate from existing Waters sites in Altrincham, Sale and Wythenshawe; many live in the Altrincham, Wythenshawe and Stockport areas. Currently approx 4.5% of staff cycle to work. An aborted development by Rok included £250K towards extension of the existing cycleway from where it ends (near Honey bee pub) into Wilmslow. This has been dropped from this new planning application.
The only highway cycling infrastructure proposed appears to be a "toucan" (a pedestrian and cycle) crossing over A538/Altrincham Road near the junction with Mobberley Road. Mention is made of a new footpath (maybe shared-use with cycling but this is not specified) running from the development along the edge of Jim Evison playing fields to the toucan crossing.
The Travel Plan and Transport assessment makes no reference to the nearby Airport Orbital Cycleway (NCN85) and Styal Orbital Cycle Route in their assessments. They only refer to NCN70 (Cheshire Cycleway) and The Middlewood Way!
There have been 9 collisions on A538 in the vicinity of the proposed development between 2005 and 2010, including 1 fatality and 1 serious injury.
We would also like to see new concessionary routes provided from A538 to National Trust Land to the rear of Stamford Lodge site. I note that there is no mention of this in the current planning application and would ask that this is revisited.
Of the documents listed I suggest the Design and Access Statement (15 Feb) and Travel Plan (15 Feb) and Transport Statement (Page 14, 17 and 23 in particular) are most useful.
It would really help if you could forward your comments to at Cheshire East Planning before 23 March. You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would suggest that we call for:
Extension of the existing Cycleway/footway along the South side of A538 to continue in towards Wilmslow past Stamford Lodge and towards Greaves Road, as envisaged under the Rok development agreement.
Include a crossing point for walkers/cyclists near the junction of A538 with with Kings Road.
Development of a concessionary
walking/cycling route round the edge of the site from A538 leading to National Trust Land (this could bypass the problematic and ill-maintained Restricted Byway RB22 that exists near the Honey Bee pub).
Note: this is a strictly unofficial site, not connected with or approved by Stockport Council or Northern Rail.
The Waters Corporation and Wilmslow