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The next phase of Taylor Wimpey's Kingsmoat Garden Village plans will be decided next week. Credit: via planning app

Taylor Wimpey’s plans for 150 homes in Chester to be decided

The council’s planning committee will rule on proposals for land off Wrexham Road when it meets next Tuesday.

Taylor Wimpey already has permission for 89 homes as part of the Kings Moat Garden Village development, with this proposal increasing that number by 61. Of the 150 homes, 19 would be affordable.

This application comes after the developer’s previous plans to increase the number to 212 was rejected by Cheshire West and Chester Council last year.

The proposal is made up of six one-bed, 14 two-bed, 68 three-bed, 58 four-bed, and four five-bedroom homes and apartments.

Two councillors have called-in this application due to concerns about over-development, but officers have recommended the plans are approved subject to a section 106 agreement.

According to a planning officer report to the committee, the site covers almost 14 acres.

Permission is in place to develop more than 1,200 homes on the wider Wrexham Road site, covering more than 150 acres from the southern edge of Chester to the A483.

This is currently being developed by Taylor Wimpey and Redrow. The wider side is being developed under separate permissions with Redrow developing the northern part of the wider site to build 786 homes.

According to the planning report this Taylor Wimpey proposal provides a mix of two storey dwellings, with a small number of two-and-a-half storey mainly semi-detached properties.

Access is to be provided off the Roman Crescent spine road, with part of the open space along the southern boundary earmarked for a play area.

Lichfields is the planning consultant for the development, and Waterco carried out the flood risk and drainage assessment.

To see the plans, search for application number 23/03377/FUL on Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning portal.

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The built environment will not get better unless we start rejecting these developments. Greater density will revitalize our town centers; we need to make it easier to walk to the shops then having something delivered. I also don’t mean make homes smaller, I mean get rid of side drives, no detached houses, no garages, tighter front to fronts.


By Allergic to Squirrels

Struggling with Allergic’s comment’s. There’s relatively little development south of the city, it’s right on the main bus route, park and ride, segregated cycle path, close to a major employment site, and the A55. Needs a parade of shops, but otherwise, a perfectly logical place to put some housing.

By Rich X

Chester does have a chronic housing shortage and very few new housing developments so this is greatly needed. Location wise this is right and is well connected, however the houses could do with being bigger, better garages for electric cars, tree lined streets, bigger gardens and a more modern design. There are still vacant and disused sites within the city centre which also need developing.

By GetItBuilt!

Lets get it straight, my comments aren’t anti houses they are pro housing. The comment is against the poor use of land. If we put low density housing in locations close to towns and cities we weaken those urban center or make them car dependent. If we put lots of people closer to urban center they will have more customers. There are lots of examples of quality high density housing:

– Timekeepers Square
– Accordia
– Roofgardens

The list goes on. We need to stop building poor low density housing.

By Allergic to Squirrels

Apologies to Allergic if I misunderstood your position, but I still think the site is well suited to housing, but happy to concede there could be more denser typologies (there are some). To go back to the point on the city centre, there are some great sites for denser housing, and they’d bring a welcome boost to vitality of the town, but where are the developers? I suspect, like a lot of places with connectivity to both Liverpool and Manchester with potential for good urbanism it has to sort out the train station area, and the quality of rail service, to trigger demand for that housing product. Also that housing solution is not the bog standard Redrow 4-bed segment is looking for, and frankly I’d rather have them in Chester than bolted onto the villages not because I’m precious about the villages, but that just guarantees high car dependence, whereas this site has more options for a family with those needs and income (which frankly Cheshire has lots of).

By Rich X

Good we need as many new houses as possible in Chester there already isn’t enough!!!!

By Anonymous

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