Redsands Children's Centre

Affordable housing and care home on Cheshire East Southern planning agenda

Planning applications for more than 100 houses and a 71-bedroom care home development in Nantwich are set to be discussed when Cheshire East’s Southern planning committee meets next week.

The care home by developer Richmond Villages, a subsidiary of Bupa, on the site of the former Redsands Children’s Centre has been recommended for approval, and has also been backed by the local parish council.

Designed by PRC Architecture, the six-acre site will provide a specialist dementia care home just off the A534. The site has been vacant since 2009, and was acquired by Richmond earlier this year.

Also recommended for approval is a 40-home scheme by Galliford Try Partnerships off Sydney Road in Crewe.

Galliford Try plans to build 17 two-bed and 23 three-bed homes for shared ownership on the two-acre site just outside Crewe. JDA is the architect.

It sits next to a site currently being developed by David Wilson Homes, which is building 72 homes as part of its Meadow View scheme.

Galliford Try’s development has been recommended for approval despite the site sitting within Cheshire East’s designated open countryside land. Planning officers argued the development of affordable homes was “an important and overriding consideration” for the planning application.

MCI Developments has also had its planning application for 45 affordable homes in Shavington recommended for approval, subject to a Section 106 agreement.

Working with landowner Punch Taverns, MCI plans to build 18 three-bed homes, 17 two-beds, and four one-bed maisonettes on land behind The Elephant pub. Plans have been altered slightly since MCI’s original application, with the number of units dropping from 47 to 45 following changes in the site layout.

The project has been recommended for approval by planning officers despite the local parish councils – Shavington and Wybunbury – arguing against the scheme, which both objected to building on open countryside.

The development also received 53 objections from local residents.

However, planning officers argued MCI’s application would “provide significant social benefits” and said the proposal would not have a significant impact on the local landscape.

Cheshire East’s Southern planning committee will meet on 1 November.

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