12:15pm Friday 16th August 2013
By Emma Rigby
PLANS to build up to 74 new homes in Rudheath have been approved despite objections from the parish council.
Outline planning permission, proposed by Hollins Strategic Land LLP, for the houses and access on land off Crookes Lane were discussed at the latest meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) strategic planning committee, with all members agreeing that the development was in the ideal location and would bring numerous benefits to the area.
Matthew Simmons, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said: “The proposals represent sustainable development.
“Other benefits include securing economic growth by securing jobs in the construction industry and providing additional trade for local businesses, making a valuable contribution towards the council’s affordable housing shortage, retaining existing trees and enhancing bio diversity, providing on site open space for the use of future occupiers and existing local residents, providing a contribution towards enhancing the nearby Griffiths Park and improving highway safety by providing footways along Crookes Lane and a puffin crossing across King Street and reducing the pressure to build on green field sites which, unlike this site, aren’t contained on all sides and are in wide open countryside or green belt.
Prior to the meeting, Rudheath Parish Council’s environment committee had unanimously opposed the scheme, raising concerns over the increased traffic travelling down Crookes Lane.
Clr Norman Wright also raised traffic concerns at Thursday’s meeting but Jon Sutcliffe, CWAC’s area planning manager, said: “The inhabitants will drive along Crookes lane and passed the residents.
“While clearly there will undoubtedly be a difference from what there is today with presumably limited vehicle numbers the actual significance and impact of the traffic from this development is unlikely to be significant at those properties.”
The committee was also told that the scheme’s provision of 30 per cent affordable housing would be ‘pepper potted’ throughout the site as it was built.
On moving for approval, clr Alex Black said: “I think this is an ideal location for building these houses. It has a nice firm boundary all the way around it with trees and a good hedge.
“It will fill in the space and it’s on the edge of the housing development.”
The committee voted unanimously in favour of the scheme.
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