PLANS to transform a village eyesore into homes and allotments have been welcomed by councillors, despite problems in preparing the site.

Taylor Wimpey’s proposals for the development of the former Nestle yoghurt factory were unanimously approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s strategic planning committee.

The development, called Eden Grange, will include 158 houses, with 30 per cent affordable homes, public open space, a children’s play area and 34 allotments, measuring 125sq m each.

Taylor Wimpey also plans to build a community building or give Cuddington and Sandiway Parish Council £10,000 for existing community groups.

A financial contribution would be made to local primary education.

Clr John Grimshaw said: “Almost without exception the majority of people are in favour of this development.

“The old yoghurt factory was an eyesore and a magnet for local thieves and vagabonds.

“We were all pleased to see it demolished although we have heard the outcome of the demolition – it didn’t go smoothly and that’s the understatement of the year.”

Clr Don Beckett said: “Can I firstly say how sorry we all are to hear the problems that demolition has caused.

“This, in my opinion, is a good example of a mixed development which includes open space, play areas, and, in particular, allotments.

“In all the time I’ve sat on the planning board I haven’t seen allotments used in this way.

“It’s a healthy persuit and something we like.”