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Monday 17 February 2014

Residents asked to make their views known about planning appeal for 170 houses


I refer to the planning application for 170 houses  on land bounded by Moorfields and Wistaston Road, Willaston. I am very disappointed that the Cheshire East Council (CEC) have not decided this application in the required time. This has happened several time recently and is not acceptable. It is now going to be decided by appeal in Bristol. The application will still come to the Strategic Planning Board, for them to decide if they are to oppose the appeal. Assuming the Council  eventually opposes the application, the public inquiry into it would probably be in the late summer or the autumn. It would  have been far better if the decision had been made by CEC Councillors who know the area rather than a  distant and remote Inspector who do not know the area.

Residents who  want to make representations on the appeal  need to write, by the deadline of March 17th, to :-

Nicholas Patch
Planning Inspectorate
Appeals Administration
3/06 Temple Quay House
2 The Square, Temple Quay
Bristol, BS1 6PN
Tel. 030 344 45479
Email: Ref no APP/R0660/A/14/2211721

The application,if passed, would have a significant detrimental impact on the open countryside and the Green Gap. 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 to divert from the centre of the village because the congestion is so bad they cannot get through with the bus. To have over 340 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 local Primary School is already over subscribed and can’t take any 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 because the road leading to them, is a narrow country lane which is unlit and there are no public footpaths.

In summary there are good planning reasons to reject this application even though there is not  an Adopted Local Plan in place. I strongly feel that the application should be refused because it is detrimental to the open countryside, impinges on the green gaps between our towns and is unsustainable.

Yours sincerely

Brian Silvester  (Photo attached)
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

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