Cheshire East approves Congleton resi

Bloor Homes has been granted planning permission for the development of 236 homes at Tall Ash Farm in Congleton, while the council has refused Wainhomes’ plans for 104 houses at Audlem Road in Nantwich.

The proposals were discussed at the council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday 18 November.

At Tall Ash Farm, the 40-acre site will see a mix of family homes with between two- and five-bedrooms.

Bloor was advised by Emery Planning Partnership.

At Audlem Road in Nantwich, Wainhomes’ plans for 104 homes at Audlem Road and the expansion of Brine Leas School were rejected by the council due to an “inability to provide safe and suitable access to the development”. The northern portion of the site has outline planning permission for up to 40 homes, granted on appeal in August 2014.

Wainhomes was also advised by Emery Planning Partnership.

Meanwhile, the committee also said that it was minded to refuse an application from Richborough Estates for the construction of 170 homes on open countryside in Moorfields, Willaston. The proposals are currently the subject of an ongoing appeal process, with a Court of Appeal hearing scheduled for December.

Richborough is advised by Barton Willmore.

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Looks like the Apeal Courts are going to remain fully employed for the foreseeable future!! At a Conference at the Homes Exhibition at Olympia this morning where Councillor Keith House – Leader of Eastleigh Council encouraged The Private Sector to work more closely with Councils to ensure Housing target of 1 million new homes in next 5 years is met. Will Cheshire East ever embrace that concept with their demonstrable anti-development agenda?

By David Sleath

Surely the point being made at the conference was a call for house builders to work more closely with Councils in a plan led system; not for Councils to bow to house builders’ every demand to allow unfettered development in unsustainable locations.

The other part if the solution is for house builders to actually build out their plots much faster rather than sitting on them for years, dripping units onto the market to inflate their already obscene profit margins.

By Housing Market Failure

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