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Moulton plans face public inquiry
PLANS to build 148 new houses in Moulton will go before a public inquiry in October.
Campaigners, including the parish council and residents’ group Moulton Matters, are gearing up for the four-day inquiry, which will be heard at Wyvern House, in Winsford.
The proposals, put forward by Richborough Estates for a site off Barnside Way, were turned down by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) strategic planning committee in May – against planning officers’ advice to approve them.
Clr Tony Rigby, parish council chairman, said: “We will be saying exactly what we said to the strategic planning committee in the summer.
“This isn’t sustainable, it doesn’t fit and there’s nothing to support the development.
“Our argument remains the same.
“It’s not that we are adverse to development in the village but it has to be sustainable.”
He added: “As far as our presentation at the inquiry is concerned, all we can do is put our heart and soul into it and present the facts as they are.”
Campaigners fear the impact of the plans on Moulton School, the village’s road network, its drainage and its overall infrastructure, and are concerned that the development would eat into the green buffer separating Moulton and Davenham.
Moulton Parish Council has also raised concerns about CWAC’s planning procedures and the lack of support officers gave councillors in their decision to turn the plans down in May.
Clr Rigby said: “First and foremost we have to tackle the actual planning appeal, that has to be quite vociferously targeted.
“There’s also our concerns about procedures, policies and how things have been done, which we won’t let drop.
“We are not comfortable that elected members weren’t given the support and not comfortable that we haven’t had the response from CWAC that we want.”
The public inquiry starts at 10am on October 1.
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