BUNGALOWS are to be built despite objections from neighbours.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has greenlit plans for four bungalows on Delamere Street in Winsford.

This decision comes amid concerns over flooding, littering and wildlife.

One Delamere Street resident said: “The amount of concrete going down is concerning as the land already floods when rainfall is heavy.

“The land being described as redundant - wasn't really redundant when all the wood pigeons, bats, long-tailed tits and other countless wildlife lived there. Since the trees have been removed it is barren but not redundant.

“Our house already trembles when large vehicles use the road. I expect we will see much more cracked plaster when the foundations are dug out.”

They continued: “A fence has been erected surrounding the plot that leaves a gap between neighbouring fences and borders. Who will be responsible for the upkeep of this 'no man's land'?

“There is already a major litter issue with plastic gloves and other debris blowing over the fences from the Spar/Shell forecourt.

“In a very short time this will collect between the fences with no one responsible for the land to remove it. This will inevitably attract rats, may well smell and be detrimental to other wildlife.”

Another resident added: “I am concerned about the fact that the concrete around the property seems to come right to the border of the boundary fence to our property and this will result in the garden becoming waterlogged.

“There also seems to be a lot of roadways for the size of the plot and will the provision of drains etc be enough to drain away any excess water.

“The properties to the rear of this development are at a lower elevation and so could be in danger of flooding.”

Nevertheless, on December 20 the CWAC planning team approved the application for four detached dormer-style bungalows, submitted by AB Architecture.

A design and access statement included in the application says that currently the site is 'vastly overgrown having been left unattended for some time'.

“The development re-uses a currently redundant site and provides additional residential accommodation for the area without spreading out into the surrounding area,” it adds.

A report recommending the plan be approved, by case officer Emily Yates, states that for the project to go ahead, a new woodland habitat must be created elsewhere within the borough.

Concluding, she write: “In summary, the site is located within a settlement identified for growth within the Local Plan meaning the principle of residential development is acceptable.

“The design of the dwellings is considered to be in keeping with the locality and will not lead to significantly adverse impacts for the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.

“Appreciating habitat degradation, and that there is not space on the site for habitat creation to offset all biodiversity losses, a legal agreement will be required to ensure the creation of woodland habitat elsewhere within the borough.”