Winterley homes lined up for refusal

After first being knocked back in October last year, land promoter Footprint’s proposals for 55 homes in Winterley are set to be refused again by Cheshire East Council.

Footprint’s outline application covers a five-acre plot of agricultural land in Winterley, a village to the east of Crewe. The company is seeking permission for up to 55 three and four-bedroom homes on the site, with more than a third of these put forward for affordable tenures. Calderpeel is the architect.

It is the second time Footprint has attempted to secure planning consent at the site; a previous application was refused 12 months ago, with councillors knocking back the scheme due to its impact on the open countryside.

The resubmitted planning application, however, does not look to have fared much better with planning officers, who have again recommended the proposals be refused when Cheshire East’s southern planning committee meets next week, almost a year to the day the previous application was rejected.

Officers again criticised the scheme for a loss of open countryside, and while the planners’ report admits the positive impact of providing affordable housing in the borough, it said the proposals would “not constitute sustainable development”. Cheshire East is set to decide on the scheme on 30 October.

The site borders several others with a chequered planning history. A first phase of housing was built out by Bellway on a neighbouring plot following a successful planning appeal in 2015, while another adjacent site is set to begin with a reserved matters application now put forward; this second plot also secured planning permission following an appeal in 2017.

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