PLANNERS have given the go-ahead for six new houses to be built on a Northwich car dealership's overspill car park. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) granted planning permission for three blocks of semi-detached houses off Dean Street, on land belonging to Corkills Motor Group, on Thursday, June 27.

The land is currently used for valeting services at the Hyundai dealership, as well as an overflow car park, and was once the site of several brick-built warehouses.

The scheme will involve demolishing the existing brick boundary walls which once formed the outer frontages of the warehouses along Dean Street.

An design and access statement, produced by Garry Usherwood Associates on behalf of the site owners, states: “The proposal is for traditional, two-storey housing with simple pitched roofs and eaves to the front and rear.

The former warehouse wall to the left will be demolishedThe former warehouse wall to the left will be demolished (Image: Garry Usherwood Associates)

“This reflects many of the forms in the area and, in particular, the terrace of houses opposite on Dean Street.

“This form also takes its lead from the single storey development along the rest of Dean Street and wider area leading off Dean Street.

“The site proposes an efficient use of brown field land which is inefficiently used by the car showroom, and offers little value to the local landscaper or environment."

Artists impression of the house frontages, which planning documents describe as 'traditional' Artists impression of the house frontages, which planning documents describe as 'traditional' (Image: Garry Usherwood Associates)

Though each house will have two off-road parking spaces, concerns were raised by neighbours about the loss of on-street parking along Dean Street for existing residents, who are currently free to park on the kerb in front of the former warehouse walls. 

Responding to the planning application, one said: "The objection is the obvious issue of the loss of parking for existing long-standing residents.

"The new properties may have up to two parking spaces each potentially, but there is no suitable alternative for existing properties.

"Around 15 households use the area for parking, with around 10 drivers using it regularly."

These objections were addressed in the planning officer's report, which states:  "Whilst there would be some loss of on-street parking on Dean Street, given sufficient parking spaces at the proposed new dwellings, as well as the availability of parking spaces nearby, the proposal would have no significant detrimental impacts with regard to parking provision in the local area."

Satellite photo showing the proposed area for development circled in redSatellite photo showing the proposed area for development circled in red (Image: Google)

Other objections raised by neighbours include the potential for damage to adjacent properties during the demolition phase, as well as access to Dean Street during construction. 

However, a condition of the planning permission being granted states no highway should be blocked by vehicles, materials, or plant at any phase of the build. 

The plans can be viewed in full at CWAC's planning portal by searching reference 23/01994/FUL.