Save Danes Moss

First victory on Danes Moss with a planning application refusal at Bailey Ridding Moss
View of Bailey Ridding Moss


When we learned about planning application 21/4113M, the Save Danes Moss campaign moved quickly to resist the plans. Jones Homes and Redrow wanted to develop a peatland that is part of the wider Danes Moss peatland. The site is just next to the Rising Sun pub on Congleton Road. Historically, this place was known as BAILEY RIDDING MOSS but it is connected to the bigger Danes Moss peatland as you can see from British Geological Survey mapping. Thankfully, council officers recommend this terrible application for refusal and at a meeting of the Strategic Planning Board on 26 July 2023 it was unanimously defeated.

Map showing location of Bailey Ridding Moss
Map showing the extent of peatland under the Bailey Ridding site

Most encouraging of all was the apparent new understanding of the importance of peat from councillors. This even led to a discussion on the possibility of removing this site from the Cheshire East Local Plan! This is really important. Until sites LPS 15 (this one) and LPS 13 (the South Macclesfield Development Area) are removed from the Local Plan as areas allocated for housing, these peatlands will be at risk of destruction!

View of Bailey Ridding Moss
A view over the Bailey Ridding Peatland

Now is the time to write to decision makers and demand that ALL peatlands are removed from the Cheshire East Local Plan. Write to…

  • The Secretary of State for Housing and Communities (Michael Gove MP) –
  • The Leader of the Council, (Cllr Sam Corcoran) –
  • The Chief Executive of the Council (Lorraine O’Donnell) – lorraine.odonnell@

Write to local newspapers too! The Macclesfield Express, The Congleton Chronicle, The Crewe Chronicle etc.

The momentum is with us. Let’s keep going and protect all our peatlands and SAVE DANES MOSS!

View of Bailey Ridding Moss
A north looking view of Bailey Ridding Moss
View of Bailey Ridding Moss
A view of Bailey Ridding Moss showing the areas of marshy grassland including sedge


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