Planning chiefs to consider 300 homes plan


Jim Green

PLANS for another 300 new homes at the former Saighton Camp look set to be turned down.

Chester MP Stephen Mosley, campaign group Peoples Revolt Over Unsustainable Development (PROUD) and more than 400 residents have objected to the proposed development.

Developers GMV Eight want to build 295 homes in addition to the 452 already approved meaning the total number of homes on the former army training camp would top 750 were permission granted.

The plans are due to go before Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWaC) strategic planning committee tomorrow.

Planning officers have recommended refusal on the grounds the existing roads network cannot cope with the extra traffic.

Council leader Mike Jones warned developers this summer that problems with the ‘hamburger’ Boughton Heath roundabout needed addressing.

The roundabout was reconfigured after planning inspectors granted permission for almost 350 homes in 2010.

But PROUD and other opponents claim the changes have created traffic chaos and made the situation far worse.

Parish councils covering Huntington, Great Boughton and Christleton have all opposed the latest application until the issues with the roundabout have been resolved.

CWaC planning officers believe the plans should be refused as they would have an “unacceptable detrimental impact” on the safety and efficiency of the surrounding roads.

They also believe the developers have made “inadequate provisions” to mitigate the conservation impact on the scheme.

The recommendation states: “Whilst the proposals would enable the development of this vacant, previously-used land to make an important contribution to the under supply of housing in the borough, it would be detrimental to the highway safety and features of nature conservation value.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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