Northwich

Northwich homes set for approval

Chloé Vaughan

Plans for 164 homes are set to be approved at Cheshire West & Chester’s planning committee next week.

FI Real Estate Management’s proposals for the 400,000 sq ft site are set to include 24 affordable houses, which is a provision of 15% of the total overall scheme.

The scheme sits on a brownfield site adjacent to Winnington Avenue.

Saunders Architects provided the designs along with consultation from PPP Planning.

The plans are recommended for approval subject to a Section 106 agreement including a financial contribution of £416,000 towards providing places at local primary and secondary schools; £146,000 towards enhanced GP facilities in the local area; £244,000 towards the enhancement of public open space provision in the area; £112,000 towards the enhancement of playing pitches in the area; and £30,300 towards highway infrastructure improvements.

Objections have been received by the council due to its density, the lack of provision for a landscape buffer; a lack of sufficient open space; local infrastructure cannot support the development; it would create a detrimental impact on the highway network; and that the houses will back onto Moss farm and be adversely affected by noise.

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The shear amount of parking horrendous. Why does every house need at least two parking spaces? Why can’t the cars be in a separate car park out of the way and the street be given to kids for playing and front gardens for planting? Heaven forbid one should have to walk more than 2 metres to their car.

By Matt C

Ey up Matt C: Exactly! The places between houses are not just there for parking cars (and any other vehicles, private and commercial). If you buy a vehicle you should organize a place to keep it, and not in the front garden . Many streets dedicated to vehicles should be reassigned as Play Streets; locking kids in a bedrooms is like putting tigers in cages. Kids should be out and about, running free, believe it or not. If you want them to develop biologically normal.

By Anonymous

I managed to play in the streets as a kid and grew up just fine in a house built in the 80’s with a front garden and space for 2 cars. People will moan for the sake of moaning “these days”

By New Wave

New Wave, yo have to move abroad for that kind of lifestyle now, that’s why so many of our best people are.

By Dan

New Wave: The massive rows of cars in front of the houses is ugly and antisocial and more akin to a supermarket car park than a housing estate. Look at the new suburb of Sion in Delft, pedestrianised streets lined with planting and play grounds. Car parks are kept separate and cycling and walking is encouraged. Look at developments closer to home, Marmalade Lane and Goldsmith Street. Attractive, car free environments. That is good urban design. Kids shouldn’t have to play in car parks and driving should be discouraged. After all, people always complain about traffic from new developments.

By Matt C

Mad thought, but maybe they provide that many parking spaces because that’s what people want – particularly when its tipping down with rain? People can choose to put flower pots in their parking spaces if they don’t want them for cars

By Anon

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