Councillors overturned the planning officer’s advice and granted permission for Cheshire Lakes CIC to build a new leisure destination on a 53.4-acre site, on the former Mere Farm quarry site, just outside Chelford.
The site has for the last 15 years been used to extract sand and is now in its transitional period bringing the lakes and landscaping into a form where it can be used for a new venture.
The company, led by managing director Tim Woodhead, plans to develop a small part of the former quarry into an environmentally friendly adventure centre.
“The remaining areas of the former quarry will be allowed to flourish into an area of wildlife, woodland and lakes. The current footpath, which runs through the middle of the site, will be retained.
Mr Woodhead said: “We are extremely happy to have been granted planning permission by Cheshire East. The huge difference from last time, was we over turned the Manchester Airport objection and myself and our supporters had the opportunity to speak and explain all the amazing benefits of our project.
“We now look forward to delivering a high quality facility that will have huge benefits for sport, leisure, tourism and recreation in Cheshire East. Exciting times ahead.“
“Cheshire Lakes is a Community Interest Company with the key aims to bring opportunities to Cheshire East.
“We plan to offer a high quality community sporting resource available for all to enjoy, bringing health and physical activity benefits for youngsters as young as six through to those over 60.
“We will bring employment and training to the area for young people on a full time and part time basis. Upwards of 30 jobs will be created.