CONTROVERSIAL plans for gipsy pitches at Mobberley have attracted about 650 objections in just over a month.

Michael Maloney is seeking approval to change the use of the site off Broad Oak Lane to station caravans for residential purposes for three gipsy pitches.

Hundreds of residents have written to Cheshire East Council opposing the application because of its impact on the Green Belt, and expressing concern over increased traffic and that work had taken place on the land before it had received planning permission.

In response to unauthorised works on the site Cheshire East Council obtained a court injunction three days after registering the application to prevent further development, and The High Court is set to rule on the injunction next month.

The environmental protection department at Cheshire East Council is recommending refusal of the application.

An officer said in a report with the application: “Insufficient information has been submitted with the application to adequately assess the impact of the proposed development having regard to railway and aviation noise.

“In the absence of this information it has not been possible to demonstrate that the proposal would comply with material planning considerations.

“It is recommended the applicant addresses this issue in future planning applications or provides this information should the application be delayed or withdrawn.

“There is insufficient information contained within the application to determine whether there will be a loss of amenity caused by noise from the adjacent railway line.

“I would therefore recommend that this application be refused. To ensure future occupants of the development do not suffer significant adverse impacts caused by noise, the applicant is required to submit an acoustic assessment report assessing the noise and vibration from the adjacent railway line.

“Aircraft noise impact is a material consideration, and the applicant has not assessed or addressed aircraft noise impact in the submission documents.”

The last date people can submit comments on the application is this Wednesday, September 16, and Cheshire East has a target date of October 5 for taking a decision on the plans.