Given the nature of the proposed development, a large proportion, if not all of vehicles to and from the development will be outside of the traditional peak periods and therefore the impact on the local highway network will be minimal. The development will include a range of measures to encourage sustainable transport by residents, staff and visitors which will further reduce the impact of the proposals. Sustainable transport options will include a shuttle bus services for staff members.
The existing site entrance will be retained to allow access to the whole site. The vehicular access points will be designed to accord with local highway design guidance.
With the exception of the site access improvements and the new footpath along Pepper Street, there are no proposed amendments to the local highway network.
Ambulance access will be taken from Pepper Street and the improved vehicular access to the site.
The fully completed suite of ecology surveys conducted at the site considered impacts upon features within the site itself and adjacent habitats. Given the nature of the proposal, it is considered to be very unlikely that the development would have a wider impact than this. Consideration of impacts and recommendations to mitigate any impacts are contained within the Ecology Report for the site.
The blocks of mature broadleaved woodland, located adjacent to the site, will be retained and an appropriate buffer between the woodland edge and any development will be maintained. The development will avoid light spill onto woodland habitats and will also offer opportunities for enhancement of woodland habitats through sensitive management, plus the implementation of a bat and bird box scheme. The blocks of more recent, young plantation woodland located within the gardens of Holly Tree House are of a lesser biodiversity value. Nevertheless, these will be retained, where practicable.
The site lies within Flood Zone 1 and is therefore considered to be at low risk of fluvial flooding.
Underlying ground conditions show site soils to be loamy and clayey/sandy soils with impeded drainage that are naturally wet. The site is underlain by a secondary B aquifer and is shown to lie within an area with >75% susceptibility to groundwater flooding. Secondary B aquifers are minor aquifers and the site has not been designated as being located within a Critical Drainage Area. There are also no known records of historic groundwater flooding in Chelford and therefore the risk is considered to be low.
The gov.uk surface water flood map shows a small area in the existing garden that has a low risk of surface water flooding. However, this is considered to be minor due to the localised nature and low risk of the flooding.
From a site visit undertaken on 13/12/2019, the current foul and surface water drainage systems were confirmed. At present, surface water drains from the south-east of the house towards the adjacent cottage and ultimately discharges to an unnamed watercourse in Stockin Moss to the north. Foul water currently drains to an on-site wastewater treatment facility to the north of the house which ultimately discharges to the unnamed watercourse in Stockin Moss.
A detailed drainage strategy is in the process of being developed by CampbellReith based on the proposed change of use and findings from the site visit. It is anticipated that surface water will continue to drain towards the unnamed watercourse in Stockin Moss and foul water will be treated by an onsite wastewater treatment facility
Discharge rates are to be agreed with the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), – Cheshire East Council, so that flood risk will not be exacerbated as a result of the redevelopment.
We are fully committed to engaging with the public in relation to these proposals. Before a planning application is submitted to Cheshire East Council, we want to hear your views. All feedback received will be considered and will help shape the final scheme.
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