HOW Planning has submitted outline plans for a 9.88-acre residential scheme within Cheshire Business Park in Lostock Gralam near Northwich on behalf of Commercial Development Projects.
CDP owns Cheshire Business Park and wants to change part of the site for residential use following a significant slow down in the take-up of commercial property.
Carol Clarke, associate at HOW Planning, said: "Following 2½ years of marketing the uptake of the built units at Cheshire Business Park has been very disappointing with only 3,080 sq ft of floorspace occupied. With the economic downturn and competing sites it has been extremely difficult for the owners and operators of the Business Park to generate interest in the site for the commercial units. A residential scheme on an element of the site would work very well in the area providing new homes rather than office buildings."
Initial plans for 160 family homes met with uncertain feedback from the community due to concerns over access but following an alteration to the plans which provides a new point of access through the existing business park and a re-consultation exercise with the community the response has been extremely positive.
Clarke added: "Residents have seen the revised plans and the comments we have had back following the second consultation programme have been extremely supportive. A residential scheme fits in much better with surrounding area and will boost all aspects of the local community."
The application has been submitted to Cheshire West & Chester Council.