After being denied planning permission in March, the housebuilder has changed its tactics and submitted a new application for 233 homes.
“We’ve listened to objections from local people, Halton Council and statutory consultee and incorporated a number of changes which we think address their concerns,” said Anwyl Homes Lancashire managing director John Grime.
“The new application takes their feedback on board and, hopefully, provides a way to revive the fortunes of a golf club that has seen its membership dwindle over the last 10 years,” he continued.
Grime said that if this new application was unsuccessful, then the company was prepared to lodge a planning appeal based on the original refusal.
The new application reduces the number of planned houses from 249 to 233. It maintains the full requirement of affordable homes. The plans also add green space to the scheme and include a promise to plant more trees.
Transport in and out of the scheme will be improved, with the removal of a cul de sac access. Under these new plans, all main access will come from two priority junctions off Liverpool Road. There will also be better footpath and cycle links throughout the area.
More details about flood modelling and mitigation have been provided in the new application as well.
Widnes Golf Club will still, however, be condensed from 18 holes to nine. However, the new project would redevelop that 9-hole course and includes a new clubhouse. Widnes Golf Club will also continue in its investment in the 18-hole Blundells Hill Golf Club in Rainhill, where it wants to improve the facilities. That investment would ensure that members of the club could play at both courses.
The development team includes Barton Willmore on planning, with designs from both the Anwyl in-house team and Astle Planning & Design. Club House Design is the consultant for the new golf club facilities, while KKP is handling the golf needs assessment.
Other consultants include TPM Landscape, Eddisons on transport, Weetwoods & Ironside Farrar on flooding and drainage, TEP on arboriculture, and UES on ecology.
Redmore Environmental offers air quality consultancy services for the project, while Ratio Seven does the same for energy. Betts Geo is the geo-environmental consultant and Echo Acoustics is the consultant for noise.