Site LPS 28: Giantswood Lane South, Congleton

The development of Giantswood Lane South over the Local Plan Strategy period will be achieved through:

  1. The delivery of around 150 new homes (at approximately 30 dwellings per hectare).

Site Specific Principles of Development

  1. Contributions towards the delivery of the Congleton Link Road.
  2. Contributions towards complementary highway measures on the existing highway network.
  3. Pedestrian and cycle links set in green infrastructure to new and existing employment, residential areas, shops, schools, health facilities the town centre, including retention and improvement of the existing footpath on the site.
  4. The provision of a network of open spaces for nature conservation and recreation.
  5. The timely provision of physical and social infrastructure to support development at this location.
  6. The achievement of high quality design reflecting the prominent landscape location of the site and creating a vibrant destination and attractive public realm.
  7. The site should be developed comprehensively consistent with the allocation of uses as set out in Figure 15.30 and the principles of the North Congleton Masterplan. Development should integrate with the adjacent existing and proposed uses, particularly through sustainable transport, pedestrian and cycle links.
  8. The delivery of appropriate public transport links to connect with employment, housing and retail / leisure uses in the town.
  9. The Local Plan Strategy site will provide affordable housing in line with the policy requirements set out in Policy SC 5 'Affordable Homes'.
  10. Future development should consider the use of SuDS to manage surface run off from the site.
  11. A desk-based archaeological assessment should be undertaken, with appropriate mitigation, if required.
  12. Future development should also have consideration to Policy SE 14 'Jodrell Bank'.
  13. Contributions to education and health infrastructure.
  14. The visual, noise and pollution assessment of development should be undertaken with the assumption that the link road is in situ and suitable screening / mitigation provided accordingly.
  15. A minimum of a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment for contaminated land should be carried out to demonstrate that the site is, or could be made, suitable for use should it be found to be contaminated. Further work, including a site investigation, may be required at a pre-planning stage, depending on the nature of the site.
  16. Future development should support an east to west greenway with pedestrian and cycle links across the site linking together proposed and existing leisure uses, local retail and other community facilities at this site with other sites to the north of Congleton.
  17. Any replacement and/or new sports provision should be in accordance with an adopted up to date and robust Playing Pitch Strategy and Indoor Sports Strategy and with Policy SC 2 ‘Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities’.


15.360 Appropriate landscaping to minimise visual intrusion in to the Dane Valley. 

15.361 It should promote the inclusion of areas of good quality open space, including natural and semi-natural habitat and wildlife corridors, within the strategic master planning of this area, to promote and enhance its biodiversity and nature conservation potential.

15.362 Future master planning should include SuDS,where possible, to manage surface runoff and reduce the amount of surface water entering the combined network. This should include a surface water drainage strategy to consider measures such as attenuation ponds / detention basins and other measures. The provision of green and blue infrastructure should be key to the future master planning of this site.

15.363 Outline planning approval has been granted for 96 dwellings on part of the site (planning reference 14/1680C).

Policy information


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