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Dane Valley plans submitted
A PLANNING application has been submitted for a new housing estate and nature park in Northwich’s Dane Valley.
Ainscough Strategic Land has put in plans for 250 houses and a 40-hectare park called Northwich Meadows.
Richard Woodford, from HOW Planning, agents for Ainscough Strategic Land, said: “We’ve had more objectors than supporters at this stage but we’ve just focused our publicity on the 200 to 300 residents nearby because they’re the important ones at this stage.
“We have had people phone up to say they support us but they’re from the other side of Northwich.
“Really it depends on local circumstances – if you live nearby and think it will effect you then you’re more likely to complain.
“If you’re a little bit further away then you would be delighted that you’re getting a fantastic new meadow.
“We have reduced the number of dwellings down and made it more compact due to feedback and we’re genuinely trying to do it the right way.
“It is an innovative scheme but we know we’re not going to make friends with everyone.”
Before finalising the planning application, Ainscough Strategic Land and HOW Planning held a public consultation in June on the early proposals, which included a 39-hectare park called Northwich Meadows and a 13-hectare housing estate to be accessed from Hollands Road and Langley Road.
Mr Woodford said: “The two or three big things that came out of the consultation were the flood risk, highways impact and the amount of development.
“Flood risk is the big one so we are working very closely with the Environment Agency (EA).
“We’re in a fortunate situation in that a lot of modelling work is being done independently by the EA which will come out with a solution for flooding in Northwich and the impact on Northwich Meadows.
“We wouldn’t be promoting a planning application unless we were confident we could satisfy that.
“At the end of the day, if EA say no, there’s nothing we can do about it – ultimately we are in their hands.
“But if we get a sign off from them that should be good enough for the local authority.”
• The official outline application is for 250 houses on a 8.5 hectare site and a 40-hectare park.
To see the application and comment on it formally as part of the planning process click here.