Tatton Estate Knutsford
The plot sits north of Parkgate Industrial Estate, near Tatton Park and Knutsford

Parkgate Village wins long-awaited consent

Sarah Townsend

The Tatton Estate and housebuilder Bellway Homes have been awarded planning permission to redevelop the 40-acre site near Knutsford into 234 homes.

Cheshire East Council granted consent for the project following a planning process that has been ongoing for more than three years.

Tatton Estate is one of the largest landowners in Cheshire. It first lodged plans for the development known as Parkgate Village more than six years ago and received outline consent for 235 homes in 2015.

However, a subsequent reserved matters application was deferred in November 2018 when the council claimed the proposal amounted to “inappropriate development in the green belt”. The Tatton Estate has since tweaked and resubmitted the scheme and appointed Bellway as housebuilder to deliver it.

The plans finally approved this month are for 234 homes, 71 of which will be made available on affordable tenures. There will also be bungalows and accessible homes as part of the scheme.

The plot sits to the north of the Parkgate Industrial Estate, to the east of Tatton Park and Knutsford, and is allocated for housing under Cheshire East’s Local Plan.

Pegasus is the planning consultant for the scheme. Tatton Estate and Bellway have both been contacted for comment.

Place North West reported last year that Tatton Estate was embarking on a review of the management of its property portfolio over the next two decades, which was expected to recommend fresh plans for development across the 5,000-acre estate.

 

 

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Huge thanks to the great team who worked on this for us and especially to the community volunteers, council officers and members who worked so hard to deliver a consultation and scheme to be proud of.

By Tatton

Certainly not a scheme to be proud of. I get that landowners want to make the most money possible and are not usually interested in legacy, which is the case sadly with this one.

There is a better way of creating “place” that will ultimately put more money in the pockets of landowners and leave them with a legacy that future generations will be proud of. But not if they take the “easy” route with a PLC looking at the same scheme they did in Anywheresville up and down the country. A sad day. How do we lift the scales from their eyes?

By Knutsford resident