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Councillors set to discuss Wincham and Lostock applications
HAZARDOUS chemicals and housing applications are up for discussion by councillors whose decisions will shape the future of two Northwich villages.
A trio of proposals will be on the table at the next meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) strategic planning committee, including plans to create a 1,050-home urban village in Wincham, a housing estate on the Lostock Triangle and a variation of consent for hazardous substances put forward by Wincham-based Thor Specialities Ltd.
Wincham residents are preparing to travel to the meeting, on July 19, by the coachload to voice their objections to the scale of the urban village put forward by Emery Planning Partnership, on behalf of Gladedale Estates Ltd and Russell Homes.
The scheme would involve the creation of more than 1,000 homes on land off New Warrington Road and Chapel Street, coupled with a village centre boasting shops, open space and small-scale office accommodation.
Pete O’Halloran, chairman of Wincham Parish Council, said: “As a parish council, we are objecting to it.
“We are only objecting to it on the scale.
“We have got no problem building houses but we would prefer something like the original development in 2005, which was for about 400 to 500 houses.
“We are leafleting the village at the moment and we have already got one coach booked.
“There’s a possibility we are going to have to get a second coach too - that’s how strong the feeling is.
“The meeting is at a difficult time, because people are at work, but a coachful from the village, I think that’s a good turnout.”
A matter of minutes from the proposed urban village site, chemical company Thor will discover the outcome of an application to vary its consent to store hazardous substances.
The company wants to keep 60 tonnes of n-Butyl Isocyanate, which is classified as very toxic, at its Wincham Lane site, in movable containers.
The Health and Safety Executive has stated that it is possible, depending on the configuration of the proposed Wincham Urban Village development, that the proposed development may be incompatible with the existing Thor Specialities Hazardous Substances Consent.
And councillors will also be required to consider the appearance, layout, landscaping and issues relating to a scheme to build 119 detached homes on land at Lostock Triangle.
All three applications have been recommended for approval.
The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at Wyvern House, in Winsford, on July 19, starting at 4pm.
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