TWENTY-SIX affordable homes could be built in place of an old depot next to Hartford High School, after plans were lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The proposal from the Guinness Partnership would see a mix of two-bedroom and three-bedroom houses built off Greenbank Lane, next to the existing eastern cluster of high school buildings.

With access from Greenbank Lane, the homes would require the demolition of the single-storey depot and April Cottage.

A planning statement said: “The proposed scheme responds to the surrounding context and overcomes any issues of overlooking from surrounding buildings.

Northwich Guardian:

“The proposed scheme will also enhance the existing street scene. Architecturally, the design proposed retains a traditional form and evokes a domestic scale appearance suitable to the surrounding vernacular.

“This application provides well-needed affordable housing.”

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The statement added that the ‘vacant unsightly depot buildings’ are out of character with the surrounding area.

Northwich Guardian:

The applicant has also been advised by a senior planner that the redevelopment of the site to residential would be ‘acceptable in principle’, and that a traffic report should be submitted.

Two parking spaces would be provided per home.