Housing row comes to a head in Moulton

Northwich Guardian: Housing row comes to a head in Moulton Housing row comes to a head in Moulton

A ROW about housing land in Davenham and Moulton came to a head during a heated council meeting.

The argument centres on the role of a Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) document which lists potential sites for development.

This Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) suggests parcels of land across the Davenham and Moulton ward where more than 3,000 homes could be built during the next 20 years.

The Guardian reported Moulton Parish Council’s fears that this document would be used by developers looking for sites, raised in the November meeting by Clr Arthur Wood.

But CWAC councillors for the ward, Clrs Helen Weltman, Elton Watson and Gaynor Sinar, wrote to the Guardian to point out that the SHLAA was not a policy document or planning consent and to reassure residents that any proposals would be assessed through the planning system.

Clrs Weltman and Watson attended the January meeting of Moulton Parish Council to speak to councillors and residents.

Resident Margaret Newton said: “At the last meeting I said I was dismayed and disappointed about the letter but actully I was disgusted.

“I wanted to ask our councillors if they’d actually been to the public consultation of Bellway where they used the SHLAA as a reason for identifying the area of Jack Lane they wanted to build in.

“If Bellway is going to use the SHLAA for development then so are other developers.

“We weren’t scaremongering because in actual fact developers are using the SHLAA.”

Clr Elton Watson said that the councillors stood by the letter.

He said: “We were trying to put forward that the SHLAA is not a licence to build.

“There is still a process to go through.”

In a letter to the parish council, the three CWAC councillors said that all local authorities, including CWAC, have to prepare a SHLAA as evidence their local plans.

While a SHLAA does not go through a public consultation process, the local plan itself does.

They emphasised that the current pressure for houses in west Cheshire is caused by the lack of a five-year supply of housing land.

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4:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jimjamhartford says...

The public consultation process is a joke, look at what has happened in Hartford! The pressure for new housing is one thing, but developers are mainly putting through plans for desirable areas where they can sell their shoeboxes at an inflated price. Why can't our councils look after existing residents? I'll tell you why... they can charge more in council tax in these desirable areas.
If there is a genuine pressure on new housing then what is wrong with places like Winsford or out towards Lostock?
The public consultation process is a joke, look at what has happened in Hartford! The pressure for new housing is one thing, but developers are mainly putting through plans for desirable areas where they can sell their shoeboxes at an inflated price. Why can't our councils look after existing residents? I'll tell you why... they can charge more in council tax in these desirable areas. If there is a genuine pressure on new housing then what is wrong with places like Winsford or out towards Lostock? jimjamhartford
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7:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Daniel18 says...

jimjamhartford...
What a total NIMBY - you don't want new houses to be built by your house but its OK to build them in Winsford or Lostock - are the residents there not existing residents?
If you were to actually look around you would see that they are already building houses on the Lostock triangle, along with Oakmere Road, Ways Green & Swanlow Lane in Winsford.
EVERYONE has to take their fair share - just because you can afford to live in Hartford doesn't mean you get special treatment.
jimjamhartford... What a total NIMBY - you don't want new houses to be built by your house but its OK to build them in Winsford or Lostock - are the residents there not existing residents? If you were to actually look around you would see that they are already building houses on the Lostock triangle, along with Oakmere Road, Ways Green & Swanlow Lane in Winsford. EVERYONE has to take their fair share - just because you can afford to live in Hartford doesn't mean you get special treatment. Daniel18
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3:13pm Mon 3 Feb 14

jimjamhartford says...

Daniel18 wrote:
jimjamhartford...
What a total NIMBY - you don't want new houses to be built by your house but its OK to build them in Winsford or Lostock - are the residents there not existing residents?
If you were to actually look around you would see that they are already building houses on the Lostock triangle, along with Oakmere Road, Ways Green & Swanlow Lane in Winsford.
EVERYONE has to take their fair share - just because you can afford to live in Hartford doesn't mean you get special treatment.
Daniel, you are young so I can understand your outburst. They say that a young man who isn’t a socialist hasn’t got a heart;but an old man who is a socialist hasn’t got a brain. You see, your jealousy shines through "just because you can afford to live in Hartford", it's the same mind set that drags school pupils down to the lowest common denominator in Comprehensive Schools.
I know that building is ongoing all over the place and I have absolutely no objection to it happening in areas that have the space and infrastructure to cope with it. Building in Hartford or Moulton is ridiculous as the areas are simply overcrowded.
For your information, I already moved out of Hartford due to constant traffic congestion.
[quote][p][bold]Daniel18[/bold] wrote: jimjamhartford... What a total NIMBY - you don't want new houses to be built by your house but its OK to build them in Winsford or Lostock - are the residents there not existing residents? If you were to actually look around you would see that they are already building houses on the Lostock triangle, along with Oakmere Road, Ways Green & Swanlow Lane in Winsford. EVERYONE has to take their fair share - just because you can afford to live in Hartford doesn't mean you get special treatment.[/p][/quote]Daniel, you are young so I can understand your outburst. They say that a young man who isn’t a socialist hasn’t got a heart;but an old man who is a socialist hasn’t got a brain. You see, your jealousy shines through "just because you can afford to live in Hartford", it's the same mind set that drags school pupils down to the lowest common denominator in Comprehensive Schools. I know that building is ongoing all over the place and I have absolutely no objection to it happening in areas that have the space and infrastructure to cope with it. Building in Hartford or Moulton is ridiculous as the areas are simply overcrowded. For your information, I already moved out of Hartford due to constant traffic congestion. jimjamhartford
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6:10pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Daniel18 says...

jimjamhartford...
How big headed can you get? The infrastructure is stretched in Lostock and Winsford as much as it is in Hartford & Moulton - just because you may not have seen it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. No matter how you try to word it, you are no more than a NIMBY - Not in my back yard!
PS. I don't live in Winsford or Lostock, I live in Northwich (In my own private home - before you accuse me of jealousy) and drive through Hartford on a daily basis - so I know how busy it gets.
jimjamhartford... How big headed can you get? The infrastructure is stretched in Lostock and Winsford as much as it is in Hartford & Moulton - just because you may not have seen it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. No matter how you try to word it, you are no more than a NIMBY - Not in my back yard! PS. I don't live in Winsford or Lostock, I live in Northwich (In my own private home - before you accuse me of jealousy) and drive through Hartford on a daily basis - so I know how busy it gets. Daniel18
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