Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has started a campaign to stop further housing development in the green gap in Willaston.
He said, ”A developer is to submit an application for 250 houses on 28 acres of land on a triangular site bounded by Park Road, the Nantwich by-pass and the railway line. (See attached and below)Willaston is under siege from developers because Conservative Councillors voted through two housing developments in the green gap and the Conservative run Cheshire East Council (CEC) does not have an adopted Local Plan and does not have a 5 year supply of housing land that is recognised by Government Inspectors. There have been three housing applications for a total of 207 houses passed in the Green Gap in Willaston in the last 10 months. The last one, on land off Moorfields was passed on appeal. I pressed for that decision to be taken to judicial review and that is now to happen.
CEC need to get their act together speedily so this latest attack on the green gap can be refused and the refusal can be confirmed on appeal.
I think this application should be to be refused because it would have had a significant detrimental impact on the open countryside and the Green Gap and would take good agricultural land out of production for ever. Also the application is unsustainable for a variety of reasons. Roads in Willaston are congested and dangerous now at peak times. Parking is already a nightmare for many Willaston residents, particularly in the Wistaston Road area. Recently some buses had to divert from the centre of the village because the congestion is so bad they cannot get through with the bus. To have over 500 more cars a day added to the traffic movements can only lead to further highway congestion, more parking problems, add to the accident numbers and the pollution concerns. The proposed development would have to come out onto Park Road because an access to the Nantwich by-pass would be too dangerous. Park Road is already a dangerous road, where vehicles regularly speed and it is used as a rat run.
The local Primary School is already over subscribed and can’t take any more children. The Chairman of the Governors of the school has written to the Council to tell them that the school does not have the facilities for more children. There is already a flooding problem across the village after heavy rain and this further development will add to the pressure on the capacity of the sewers. The nearest Secondary School and Health Centre are not within a safe walking distance.
In summary there are good planning reasons to reject this appeal. I strongly feel that applications like this should be refused because they are detrimental to the open countryside, destroy the green gaps between our towns, use valuable agricultural land and are unsustainable.
I and the residents,the Willaston Green Gap Action Team and the Parish Council have another big battle on our hands and hopefully this time we will be victorious and our precious green gaps can be preserved for posterity.”
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
Leader of the UK Independence Party Group
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor
Cheshire East Council
11 Rimsdale Close
Tel/fax 01270 567757