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.