Davenham developers use debated council document to plan housing site

Northwich Guardian: Davenham developers use debated council document to plan housing site Davenham developers use debated council document to plan housing site

PLANS for more than 60 new houses in Davenham have confirmed fears about the impact of a council document.

Bellway Homes has held a public consultation in advance of submitting proposals for 64 four and five bedroom homes at land off Jack Lane.

Supporting literature for the consultation points to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) as evidence in favour of the site.

This document has been put together by CWAC to set out potential housing land in the area that could be developed during the next 20 years, and suggests more than 3,000 houses could be built in the Davenham and Moulton ward.

Parish councillors, including Moulton and Davenham councillor Arthur Wood, said they feared that once land was identified in the document, it would make it very difficult to refuse permission for future applications.

But Davenham and Moulton ward councillors Gaynor Sinar, Elton Watson and Helen Weltman wrote to the Guardian last week to emphasise that the SHLAA does not allocate land for housing or mean that it is acceptable in planning terms.

Moulton resident Margaret Newton said: “I was extremely disappointed to see the letter in the Guardian criticising Arthur Wood and saying we were scaremongering.

“Bellway Homes actually used the SHLAA in their presentation as one of the reasons why they chose Jack Lane.”

Clr Tony Rigby, Moulton Parish Council’s chairman, read from a Bellway Homes leaflet, which said that in its SHLAA, CWAC identify the land off Jack Lane as being a suitable location for residential development.

“If that’s not black and white I don’t know what is,” he said.

Clr Wood said: “If an application is put in it may well go to council and may well be refused but if it goes to an appeal an inspector would look at all these documents and take a view that these things have been put together by planning professionals and therefore there must be some suitability somewhere.

“That’s coupled with the fact that Cheshire west hasn’t got a five-year supply of housing.

“In the heading of the document it clearly states that it doesn’t imply the land will be allocated for housing, however it’s important evidence that will inform the local development framework.”

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1:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

I.A.M. Concerned says...

Dear residents of Davenham and Moulton, get used to these greedy developers and lying politicians as money talks and villagers opinions don't count. Look at Hartford, we have been badly let down by the Conservatives and Lib Dems and I doubt Labour would be any different. My sympathies go out to you.
Dear residents of Davenham and Moulton, get used to these greedy developers and lying politicians as money talks and villagers opinions don't count. Look at Hartford, we have been badly let down by the Conservatives and Lib Dems and I doubt Labour would be any different. My sympathies go out to you. I.A.M. Concerned

3:33pm Sat 14 Dec 13

INEEDTOSAYTHIS says...

money ....... sick but true...our society is corrupt.
money ....... sick but true...our society is corrupt. INEEDTOSAYTHIS

11:56pm Sat 14 Dec 13

L Byrne says...

To the above list I would add incompetent and naive council planning officials who regularly get taken to the cleaners by developers who know the rules of the game.
To the above list I would add incompetent and naive council planning officials who regularly get taken to the cleaners by developers who know the rules of the game. L Byrne

10:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

John0901 says...

The supposed need for housing because the figures do not demonstrate a 5 year supply linked with CWACs own SHLAA document (a land availability assessment) results in the inevitable approval of a housing development. It is a developers charter to build and build and make a tidy profit. Not forgetting the significant multi-million new housing bonuses which CWAC will receive from new housing developments which is unlikely to be targeted back to the Northwich area, perhaps more hanging baskets for Chester ?

Given the above easy approval process despite numerous well measured protests and objections makes you wonder if local democracy is dead. There is no right to appeal if planning approval is granted, only an appeal if a development is not approved - how can that be ?

Where do these housing need figures come from when 1200 houses are being built in Winnington, 950 approved for building in Wincham, 650 approved for building in Hartford, 240 approved for building on the Dane Valley floodplain in Leftwich !

How many more houses are needed in Northwich ? There aren't any more jobs so that means more commuters, more traffic on the roads, traffic pollution, over crowded schools and over stretched local services.
The supposed need for housing because the figures do not demonstrate a 5 year supply linked with CWACs own SHLAA document (a land availability assessment) results in the inevitable approval of a housing development. It is a developers charter to build and build and make a tidy profit. Not forgetting the significant multi-million new housing bonuses which CWAC will receive from new housing developments which is unlikely to be targeted back to the Northwich area, perhaps more hanging baskets for Chester ? Given the above easy approval process despite numerous well measured protests and objections makes you wonder if local democracy is dead. There is no right to appeal if planning approval is granted, only an appeal if a development is not approved - how can that be ? Where do these housing need figures come from when 1200 houses are being built in Winnington, 950 approved for building in Wincham, 650 approved for building in Hartford, 240 approved for building on the Dane Valley floodplain in Leftwich ! How many more houses are needed in Northwich ? There aren't any more jobs so that means more commuters, more traffic on the roads, traffic pollution, over crowded schools and over stretched local services. John0901

10:27am Wed 18 Dec 13

Northwich Lover says...

Liam, we will always see this as we live in a society where money talks.
Liam, we will always see this as we live in a society where money talks. Northwich Lover

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