Housebuilder Barratt could start work on a 180-home site between Stretton and Appleton later this year after Warrington Council planners signalled their support for the company’s reserved matters application.
Barratt and Homes England secured outline permission for the development in February last year; Barratt has now brought forward a reserved matters application to allow construction work to get under way.
The site, covering nearly 19 acres, currently comprises open fields between Pewterspear Green Road, Henbury Gardens, and Stretton Road, and is split between two parcels divided by a footway and a culverted watercourse.
It is not a green belt site, nor has it been allocated for any use under the council’s Local Plan; however, it does have consent for residential development under the New Town Act.
Barratt is proposing 105 houses on the northern parcel of land, access via Pewterspear Green Road, and a further 75 houses accessed from Stretton Road. These include 54 affordable units, split between affordable rent and shared ownership; these are a mix of two and three-bed mews and semi-detached houses.
There have been objections to the reserved matters schemes from both Stretton and Appleton Parish Councils, which have argued the application differs from the outline permission in terms of building heights.
Both councils have also raised issues over roads and supporting infrastructure; Appleton Council called for more money from the developer for junction improvements at the A49, A56, and the B5356.
Stretton Council also argued against the inclusion of three-storey properties facing Stretton Road and two-and-a-half storey houses near to St Matthew’s Primary School.
However, planning officers noted that no condition related to dwelling heights was included at the outline stage, and that 86% of the 180 homes would be two storey, with only 3% standing at three storeys.
The planners’ report recommends the reserved matters application for approval when Warrington’s development control committee meets on 12 September. A Section 106 agreement has already been signed as part of the outline application’s approval.
The professional team on the project features architect IBI and planning consultant Peter Brett Associates.