Engie Winsford
JDA Architects designed the development

Winsford win for Engie at second time of asking

Neil Tague

Plans by the French-owned housebuilder to build 268 homes in the Cheshire town have been approved, following deferral in July.

The proposals by Engie, which followed an earlier consent for 138 Winsford homes granted in January by Cheshire West & Chester Council, were pushed back while the developer looked to find a solution to an objection from Sport England, and answer concerns from the committee on environment & highways and viability.

Addressing the virtual committee, Avison Young principal planner Ed Harvey said the applicant has worked “tirelessly” to make the necessary changes to the JDA Architects-designed scheme. Its efforts were not in vain, with the committee voting 10.1 in favour of approval.

Sport England’s fears have been assuaged by the addition of a further five-a-side pitch, bringing the total of pitches in the scheme to seven – two full-size adult pitches, two mid-sized and two five-a-side – set against the five on the site’s current playing fields.

Other tweaks include a change in layout to provide greater separation from the wastewater treatment site to the north, and enhanced hedgerow screening to the south.

Ward councillor Mike Baynham spoke against the project, stating that the changes “don’t address the underlying issue of the increase in traffic for the Grange Lane area”. There will be one access route into the scheme off Roehurst Lane.

Several committee members however noted the time-sensitive nature of the £4.4m Homes England grant available for the scheme – it must be actioned by July 2021 – noting also that the project, which brings 30% affordable homes and a further 34% available through shared ownership with a registered provider, goes a significant way to meeting local housing need.

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More and more houses going up off Grange lane no fields or free land that use to be down here all because we have git the new football stadium coming down here we’re Cheshire council on environmental issues the last few years 5 estates have gone up enough l is enough

By Susan

Absolute disgrace that they are allowed to build here, the roads will be gridlocked, Winsford is now a cesspit of houses with nothing else to offer, we don’t want houses, we want toilets, a shopping centre, dentists, doctors…..

By Anon

We néed more shops

By Anonymous

It’s all very well building MORE houses,where is the infrastructure to support them,roads/doctors/decent shops/leisure facilities/CWAC Council should have insisted a ENGIE provide another access,otherwise it will cause traffic chaos.Another poor decision,just goes to show our representatives haven’t got a clue.

By R W Kay

It’s practically a town being built.in a town the traffic situation is going to be horrendous , the towns infrastructure simply will not cope. There’s no new services , doctors.dentist hospital no roads out of town . Already the town suffers traffic problems , homes reporting low water pressure. The councillors are acting on their own initiative it’s not what the people of the town want . People should never vote for the labour party ever again indeed one labour councillor voted against plans to build homes in Darnhall because it spoilt the views from her house yet she voted for this against the wishes of the people who live there. If you consider the size of winsford nearly all green spaces now are covered in concrete. It’s incredible the town took the overspill from Liverpool . people moved hoping for a better life away from crowded slums only for the council to create another ghetto in Cheshire. Winsford was once the heart of Cheshire now it’s welcome to winsford the arse of cheshire merely a dumping ground for the dregs from other counties..

By Thomas .s.

This is disgusting as one road and one out and what happens if the ladies stadium and hotel are built on Knights Grange?It’s bad enough getting out of Grange Lane when the schools are going in and out but of course most of the CCC dont live in Winsford so couldn’t give a fig only concerns for the income from lots of council tax.Where are all the new doctors dentists and even schoolcoming from? What’s happening with the shopping centre that nothing has been done as promised with no toilets get you finger out and get something done for Winsford for once and not yourselves.

By Peter Preston

Punctuation, people.

By Anonymous