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Town councillors say 'Yes' to Bruntwood's plans for Booths Park
AN application to create new office buildings and a car park at a cost of £25million at a Knutsford business park has been given the thumbs up by town councillors.
In August, Bruntwood submitted plans for three new office buildings on its site at Booths Park, which could see 1,300 jobs brought to the town.
Developer Bill Davidson was joined by Colin Sinclair from Bruntwood to discuss the matter at Knutsford Town Council’s planning meeting on Monday, September 2.
They told councillors that they were keen to increase space for current companies based at the site, as well as welcoming new firms to the town.
The three new buildings would be created on an exisiting car park – with the replacement carpark under two of the buildings. They admitted that traffic would be an issue but said they would be mitigating this with shuttle bus services to and from Knutsford station and free bikes for use on site and into the town centre.
Brian Chaplin, a member of the South Knutsford Community Group, said he was disappointed in the business case.
He said the proposal gave ‘very little thought to Gough’s Lane’, which is already ‘very busy with traffic and is narrow with virtually no footpath’.
“The A50 junction is very dangerous and there is no measure put in place here,” he added.
Mr Chaplin also brought up an issue with the traffic report, which said 70 vehicles were entering Sparrow Lane – a dead end – and also the A6 Buxton Road being included in the report despite it not being anywhere near Knutsford.
Clr Peter Raynes, who did not vote as he is a member of Cheshire East’s Northern Planning Committee, which will decide the application, enthused about the plans.
“This is exactly the kind of place that we need in Knutsford,” he said.
Clr Simon Hutchence added: “I welcome this application and it’s very well thought through.
“It’s a success story Booths Park and we should encourage this as the right thing. I appreciate the comments about traffic and Goughs Lane but in terms of an outline planning application, then I support it.”
Clr Stewart Gardiner urged the applicants to work with Cheshire East Council’s Highways team to come up with a solution.
“I would urge them to work together to manage the traffic as much as possible,” he said.
“We can’t stop people using rat runs but we can minimise the impact of people doing that.”
Members resolved to raise no objections to the outline application but raised concerns as to the potential impact of any increase in traffic on the immediate area, in particular Goughs Lane.
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