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Wincham Urban Village plans back under scrutiny tomorrow, Thursday
REVISED plans to create an urban village in Wincham will go before Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) strategic planning committee tomorrow, Thursday.
Plans to transform 45 hectares of land off New Warrington Road and Chapel Street were first approved by CWAC last July but a change in circumstances has meant the initial proposal for 1,050 homes has had to be reduced to 950 homes.
If changes to the outline planning permission are approved, the development will be carried out in phases and is expected to take between 12 and 15 years.
The revised masterplan illustrates the revised phasing following the decision that land belonging to Witton Albion FC and W R Roberts will not be developed in the first phases of the scheme.
Wincham Parish Council (WPC) has objected to the changes proposed and believes they are of such significance that they constitute a material change to the application.
In CWAC’s planning report, WPC requests that the proposed phasing of the development does not prevent or delay the construction of the vital link road to alleviate the ‘inevitable traffic problems’ that will be caused to Chapel Street.
The council also voices its concerns about the effect 950 new dwellings will have on the village and its infrastructure.
A spokesman for WPC said: “With such a large influx of new residents and such a poor bus service, the councillors are keen that facilities be created in the village of Wincham itself.”
The council requests a community building with combined changing rooms be included in the plans to aid the usefulness of the sports pitch already agreed.
The council added: “It is extremely important that this sports pitch be located within the village, not in a different parish.
“Any alternative arrangements would further exacerbate the traffic problems and make it difficult for the residents of the village to access the facilities.”
In a letter to the strategic planning committee, planning and property consultant Richard Lee says the planning balance has 'completely shifted'.
He said: "The disadvantages of the development now substantially outweigh the advantages previously proposed."
The plans, which are recommended for approval, will go before CWAC’s strategic planning committee tomorrow, Thursday.
The meeting will take place at Wyvern House, Winsford, from 4pm.
Plans can be viewed in more detail by visiting the CWAC planning portal and type in code 11/01968/OUT.
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