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Sunday 12 January 2014

75 more houses proposed in the Green Gap in Willaston.


Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is opposing plans to  build 75 more houses in the Green Gap around Willaston,off Cheerbrook Road. (See letter and plan attached)

He said, " The residents of Willaston must be getting punch drunk with all the housing applications that are coming in for the open countryside and green gap that surrounds the village. The Leader of the Cheshire East Council (CEC)  spoke at a public meeting in Willaston last year and promised to protect the green gap but since then two applications have been passed in the green gap and two more are pending. The residents of Willaston will rightly feel totally let down by the current leadership of the Council

I believe there are good planning reasons to refuse this application when it comes in even though there is not a 5 year housing supply and a Local Plan in place. I strongly feel that applications like this should be refused. It is detrimental to the open countryside, impinges massively on the green gap between our towns and is unsustainable. Also the idea that it is anticipated that the site will be accessed from the A51, Nantwich by-pass via a standard right turn lane junction is frankly insane. The by pass is a very busy road where there are already a lot of accidents. The railings at the Cheerbrook roundabout have only recently been repaired after several accidents and there was a fatal car accident close to where the proposed access is proposed in the last few weeks."

Cllr Silvester,

We do not carry out any consultation for EIA screening opinions. For EIA scoping opinions we only carry out consultation with the relevant consultees in accordance with the EIA Regulations (usually the Environment Agency and Natural England).

In this case a decision was not issued within the required time period and the applicant has appealed to the SoS for a decision. Basically the SoS will need to determine whether an EIA is required and for this he will consider:

- If the development is of more than local importance

- If the development is proposed for particularly environmentally sensitive or vulnerable location (SSSI, National Parks, AONB’S, World Heritage Sites, scheduled monuments)

- If the development has any unusually complex of potentially hazardous environmental affects.

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

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