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Appeal launched over Hartford homes plans
DEVELOPERS have asked for a public inquiry after plans for two new housing estates in Hartford were knocked back by west Cheshire councillors.
The proposals, for up to 300 homes at Grange Farm and up to 350 homes at land off School Lane, were both turned down by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) planning committee in June.
Now developers Harrow Estates, Bridgemere Land and Bridgemere JV are appealing against the decision and an inquiry has been pencilled in for December 4 at Wyvern House, in Winsford.
The planning committee unanimously rejected the two sets of plans over fears about the amount of traffic that would be generated in an already congested village.
But developers argue against this in their grounds for appeal.
A report submitted as part of the appeal documents for the School Lane plans said: “Whilst the appeal proposal would generate additional traffic movements, it is clear that these movements would not have a severe impact on the functioning of the highway network, especially when regard is had to the positive impact of travel plan measures on traffic generation and the availability of alternative routes.”
The grounds for appeal over the Grange Farm plans state: “It is clear from the technical information and analysis submitted that the development will not result in the existing situation on Chester Road being materially worsened, and the adverse traffic impacts are not ‘severe’.”
Residents formed the Joint Action Group (JAG) to fight against the initial proposals and the group has already met to discuss its response to the appeal.