Imperial Park Phase Two Winnington

Barratt wins consent for 90 Northwich homes

Housebuilder Barratt has been given the go-ahead for 90 houses on a 7.4-acre site in Winnington, near Northwich, by Cheshire West & Chester’s planning committee.

Barratt is proposing to build a mix of two, three, and four-bed homes on the 7.4-acre site, next to its recently-completed Imperial Park housing development, which features 150 properties. The nearby former Weir Engineering site has also been recently developed, again featuring 150 homes.

The triangular site, accessed off Rosemary Drive, will include 56 three-bed homes, 13 four-bed houses, eight two-bed houses, and 12 two-bed apartments.

The site also has a designation as either open space or employment land under the area’s current Local Plan; however, it is not set to be designated as open space in the area’s refreshed Local Plan.

The proposals were recommended for approval, and Cheshire West & Chester’s planning committee signed off the proposals at a meeting last night, subject to a Section 106 agreement. Satplan is the planning consultant for the project.

This is to include a £94,500 contribution towards off-site recreation provision; £59,500 towards education; £42,000 towards health infrastructure; £130,000 for a pedestrian and cycle link to Moss Farm; and £24,000 towards off-site woodland planting.

Although it is near recently-developed housing schemes, Barratt’s planning application had received a number of objections from locals, particularly around traffic and access via Rosemary Drive and the development’s access to Winnington Avenue.

Barratt also claimed that a 30% level of affordable homes on the site, the council’s minimum requirement, would not be viable on the site; the housebuilder is proposing 13 affordable homes, around 15% of the total.

Addressing concerns over access, planning officers said visibility issues at the junction of Winnington Avenue and Rosemary drive would have to be addressed before any development could take place at the site.

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Any chance that one of these Housing companies might actually build a new school, new medical facility and other essential services instead of providing insignificant contributions? £59k to education? Hardly going to fund a school. The whole of the Winnington area has been one big fudge and is a tar on all the housing companies and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

By Stuart

Hi Stuart – the contributions are calulated by the Local Authority on the basis of need, and in conjunction with the other contributions provided by other developments in the area. The LA are then supposed to use this pooled money to fund new schools / expand existing ones etc. The companies pay what they are told to pay.

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