Pickles approves ASL residential scheme

Leigh-based Ainscough Strategic Land has gained approval from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles for a £40m residential development in Cuddington, Cheshire.

Cheshire West & Chester Council granted planning permission for the scheme in February.

ASL proposes 156 family homes, new allotments and public spaces and a wildflower meadow, on a former Nestle yoghurt site located on the northern edge of Cuddington.

ASL is continuing to market the scheme to house builders and anticipates completing a sale the summer.

Nigel McGurk, managing director of Ainscough Strategic Land, said: "To take a complex brownfield site like this through planning, inside two years, is a significant achievement. As a result of meaningful consultation and close working with a positive local authority, we will turn a derelict eyesore into a delightful and appropriate extension, to this attractive village. Our plans are complemented by a supportive local community and investment that will deliver significant long-term benefits to Cuddington."

Plans will also deliver a new controlled junction with direct access into the site from the A49, new permanent classrooms for the local primary school and new public spaces.

The developer acquired the site from Nestle in 2009 and it has remained vacant for four years after Nestle withdrew its operations to mainland Europe.

Manchester-based HOW Planning, Taylor Young and Royal Haskoning advised Ainscough Strategic Land.

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