Cheshire East looks to refuse third phase of Winterley housing

Cheshire East planning officers have recommended a 55-home development in Winterley, the third phase of a wider housing project, should be refused by the council’s planning committee when it meets next week.

The site, which is just off the junction of Crewe Road and Pool Lane in the village, borders residential development to the west and south, along with sites with planning consent for housing to the east and south.

The latest application is by Footprint Land and Development and follows two previous phases: planning permission was granted in July 2016 for 45 houses to the south west, while 33 houses were given consent in March 2017 on appeal. Barratt is currently building out phase one, which is the 45-home site.

Footprint is proposing to build 55 homes in the third phase, featuring a mix of three and four bedroom houses – these will include an affordable provision of 11 units.

However, Cheshire East planners have recommended the latest outline application for refusal, arguing the scheme would be “a departure from the adopted Local Plan” owing to the site’s designation as open countryside.

While outlining the benefits of the scheme, including a provision of affordable housing, planners argued the loss of agricultural land and open countryside would outweigh these benefits.

Planners also said the council could demonstrate a five-year land supply, citing a recent dismissal of an appeal by Gladman Developments to build 46 homes at a site in Wrenbury.

Cheshire East’s southern planning committee is due to discuss the proposals at a meeting on 31 October. The professional team on the project includes architect Calderpeel and transport planner Croft.

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Do Cheshire East planning department ever recommend approval?

By Lenny1968

Lenny 1968 the clue is in the article the site is allocated as open countryside therefore the proposal is contrary to the adopted local plan. The Local Plan has gone through a rigorous examination including a public inquiry and been found to be sound and given we have a plan based system in this country it is right that this should be resisted.


we do not need more houses built fed up of seeing houses being built everywhere should be stopped sandbach is not big enough for all these houses that are being built even though it’s winterly sandbach would be effected all the fields that we are losing is discussing

By Pamela Armistead

Pamela Armistead. When you say “we don’t need more houses”, I trust you’ve sent your detailed appraisal of the Sandbach housing market to the developers of this scheme? I’m sure their acquisitions department would be very keen to see your assessment

By Anonymous

Pamela Armistead:- Presumably not rough sleeping in Sandbach !

By Tha' knows

MD I don’t live or work in East Cheshire it is just my observation of the planning department who seem to recommend refusal on a regular basis.

By Lenny1968

Owning land (wealth extraction) and definitely not working (wealth creation) is best way to become wealthy. Owning scarce property makes you even wealthier. By keeping property scarce, property prices will rise, making the wealthy even wealthier. They vote Conservative (after all, the Conservative Party was formed to conserve the privileges and wealth of the already wealthy). So why would Conservative council increase the supply of property? It is not in their or their voters interests. They should restrict the supply of property. And guess what? They do.

By James Yates

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