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Council approves plans for 950 homes in Wincham
WINCHAM will more than double in size but will not see double the amenities, after plans to create 950 new homes were given the go ahead.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) strategic planning committee agreed last Thursday, voting with only one exception in favour of a proposal to build up to 950 homes, including 30 per cent affordable, off Chapel Street and New Warrington Road.
The plans to transform the 45 hectare site first went before CWAC last July but a change in circumstances meant the initial proposal for 1,050 homes had to be reduced.
The revised masterplan for the development illustrates the revised phasing following the decision that land belonging to Witton Albion FC and W R Robert will not be developed in the first phase of the scheme.
Only one committee member, Marbury councillor Norman Wright, opposed the outline planning permission.
He said: “The village will actually be doubled compared to what it is now – more than doubled - but we are not getting double the amount of amenities on site.
“The school is going to be extended, yes, that’s a tick in the right direction but there are no plans for a community building on site.
“The community building at the moment is half a mile away and that’s a long way away from this proposed site.
“I think a community building would be beneficial for the whole village because the village is really going to be split into two in the future.”
CWAC’s area planning manager, Jon Sutcliffe, said a community building had not been requested as part of the original, larger scheme.
He said: “Members in effect would have to show that the development without a community building was harmful and unacceptable and would really have to quantify the harm that would be caused by not having the community building.
“The cost I suspect would be sought to be removed from other contributions by the developers.
“In an ideal world I am sure everyone would wish to deliver that and I am sure the developer would be happy to deliver that if they could.
“I honestly don’t think there’s the evidence to suggest that without a community building the scheme would be unacceptable.”
Following the meeting, Wincham Parish Council chairman Peter O’Halloran said: “My only concern is that we don’t get the link road. That’s one thing that we want.
“We could still end up with two separate distinct developments, one on New Warrington Road and one off Chapel Street which would actually destroy the village.
“We didn’t want the 950 homes but we want them to be part of the village and we will welcome the residents as part of the parish.”
Development is set to commence in 2014.
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