Acting for Pro Investments, DPP Planning is on the brink of securing outline planning permission for a mixed-use development close to Northwich.
The proposals for the Winnington Business Park site include 63,000 sq ft of commercial space – light industrial units to be developed in terraces – along with 160 homes, 11,620 sq ft of retail and a family-type pub restaurant.
Comprising 18 acres of brownfield land, the site is currently occupied by an industrial unit and lorry parking. Only two businesses are in occupation, taking up 24% of the space.
The officers’ report states that over two years to July 2017, 19 enquiries for space at the site were registered, with the unsuitability of the site for modern uses being cited in most cases for no deals being agreed.
The site sits within the Winnington Urban Village extension, a part of the Northwich area that was formerly industrial but has gradually seen sites taken up by residential development. A former Weir engineering site close by has now been taken up by 153 houses, in one example.
The proposal designed by architect Saunders is for the residential part of this scheme to join up with existing residential at one end of the site, with the employment space being closer to industrial areas at the other end. As far as the retail is concerned, DPP’s planning submission stated that a convenience store is envisaged, along with neighbourhood uses such as a nursery and health facilities.
The project will be considered by Cheshire West & Chester’s planning committee next week. Pro Investments is part of FI Real Estate Management.