Marshall extends Cheshire residential plans

HOW Planning has secured outline planning approval for a 12-acre housing development on vacant land in Cheshire Business Park outside Northwich for Simon Marshall's Commercial Development Projects.

Cheshire West & Chester Council granted consent for 146 residential units and areas of open space and landscaping.

CDP originally planned to deliver employment space on the site but slow take-up prompted a rethink. The developer has built speculative offices, a pub and hotel at the park so far.

The latest application follows an earlier consent in 2011 for a separate site of nine acres at the business park, currently being built out by Barratt Homes.

Conor Vallelly, senior planner at HOW, said: "This is a positive outcome for our client and it is pleasing that members recognised that the site, being sustainably located within the urban area, has an important role to play in helping to address housing supply issues in the borough. This decision reflects the views of our community consultation exercise which showed a preference for the site to come forward for residential use."

The plans include the development of up to 146 family homes that could be accommodated in a mix of terraced, semi-detached, town houses and detached properties, but the masterplan allows sufficient flexibility at the detailed design stage for the layout to be altered in line with market demand. The application also allows for up to 30% affordable housing and new areas of public open space and a play facility.

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