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GT tries again with Crewe housing

Galliford Try Partnerships has submitted a revised planning application for 40 homes in the Sydney Road area of Crewe, following a refusal last autumn.

The plans now include four one-bedroom apartments, 17 two-bedroom houses and 19 three-bedroom homes on a 2.5-acre site.

The application follows an unsuccessful bid by the developer at the site in October 2017, when it proposed 17 two-bedroom and 23 three-bedroom houses in a shared ownership scheme. Although recommended for approval by officers, the application was refused by Cheshire East Council.

In the revised scheme, 14 of the homes are designated as shared ownership, with the remainder available as affordable rent through the council waiting list.

Galliford Try said that the redesigned scheme puts a large area of open space at the heart of the development, to be overlooked by the homes.

In the decision notice following the 2017 refusal, Cheshire East said that “it is considered that the harm to the Open Countryside is not outweighed by the benefits of proposed development, given its poor layout and design resulting in the lack of satisfactory provision of recreational open space and opportunities for children’s play.”

Brendan Blythe, regional managing director at Galliford Try Partnerships, said: “We believe that the local community will benefit from this development which is why we have worked so hard to come back with an application that we hope will be acceptable to the planning committee.

“Sydney Road presents an opportunity for us to deliver 40 affordable homes in an area where they are needed most. We feel we have answered every question asked of us and created a development that delivers mixed house types, tenures, and open space. We have redesigned the homes, so people will get to overlook the open spaces, and we have included as many one-bedroomed homes, which the council has identified as a local need, as we possibly can.”

The site itself, at Maw Green on the north eastern edge of Crewe, is a triangular-shaped piece of land regarded as greenfield infill, rather than green belt. It is bordered by a railway line and other housing developments and is to be accessed by a new road in from Sydney Road.

As with the first scheme, the project has been designed by JDA Architects. Barton Willmore is advising on planning and affordable housing matters.

Blythe added: “We have listened carefully to what the council wants from this development and are now proposing a viable, affordable housing scheme that will get local people into high-quality housing and on the housing ladder.”

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We have enough building work in this area let us keep a bit of green fields around here please and building by a land fill is not on for health reasons

By G Capewell

Mr Capewell, you might have enough building work in the area but unfortunately you don’t have enough houses, the housing needs survey says so. Cheshire East is way down on affordable housing numbers and as such some green bits need building on

By Oscar

Please don’t ruin Cheshire East with affordable housing. Good, hard working people live here.

By PDM

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