New housing estate in Moulton approved after planning inquiry

PLANNING permission has been granted for 148 new homes in Moulton after an appeal.

Richborough Estates submitted plans for the new estate, on land off Barnside Way, which were turned down by Cheshire West and Chester Council's strategic planning committee in May.

Richborough Estates appealed against this decision and a four-day public inquiry was held in October.

The decision to allow the appeal and permit the development was made by inspector Alan Boyland on December 30.

He wrote that Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) cannot demonstrate the required five-year housing supply and that the plans would not substantially effect the character of Moulton or erode the buffer between Moulton and Davenham.

He said: "I have found that the proposed development would cause only limited harm and policy conflict.

"This would be outweighed by the contribution that the development would make towards meeting the need for housing, including affordable housing, in the area arising from national policy and the council’s social and economic objectives.

"For the reasons given above I conclude that the appeal should be allowed."

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12:11pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Quoman says...

Common sense has just flown out of the window!
Common sense has just flown out of the window! Quoman

12:32pm Fri 3 Jan 14

nicksey says...

Virtually every housing development that CWAC object to is then taken to appeal and their objection is overruled on the same issue that they cannot demonstrate the required five-year housing supply.

What I would like to know is whether CWAC are doing something about this because otherwise pretty much every unwanted development is going to get approved using the same crazy rule.
Virtually every housing development that CWAC object to is then taken to appeal and their objection is overruled on the same issue that they cannot demonstrate the required five-year housing supply. What I would like to know is whether CWAC are doing something about this because otherwise pretty much every unwanted development is going to get approved using the same crazy rule. nicksey

6:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hartford Harry says...

Fully agree with Nicksey. However, what i would like to know is why the CWAC Chief Executive Steve Robinson is still in a job?

Developers are running amock within CWAC, and they are completely impotent at doing anything about it, as a result of their very poor performance in previous years.

The buck needs to stop somewhere within CWAC, and it's high time we saw some departures for such poor performance. As a hard working tax payer, is that so much to expect?
Fully agree with Nicksey. However, what i would like to know is why the CWAC Chief Executive Steve Robinson is still in a job? Developers are running amock within CWAC, and they are completely impotent at doing anything about it, as a result of their very poor performance in previous years. The buck needs to stop somewhere within CWAC, and it's high time we saw some departures for such poor performance. As a hard working tax payer, is that so much to expect? Hartford Harry

10:22am Tue 7 Jan 14

Northwich Lover says...

makes you wonder why we waste so much money on planning policies when money so clearly talks
makes you wonder why we waste so much money on planning policies when money so clearly talks Northwich Lover

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