Plans for extra homes on ex-camp site rejected


Jim Green

COUNCILLORS have unanimously rejected plans for a further 295 homes on the former Saighton Camp in Chester.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s strategic planning committee backed advice from council planners to turn down the controversial application.

Work has almost been completed on 103 homes at the Crown Fields part of the site and another 375 homes were approved on appeal after being turned down by the same committee.

Had the latest application been approved, there would have been 673 homes built on the site.

However, the developers behind the latest plans are widely expected to lodge an appeal against the refusal.

Cllr Pamela Hall, who represents Great Boughton, told the meeting on Thursday that work undertaken at the notorious Boughton Heath ‘hamburger’ roundabout were not up to scratch.

She said: “The work was eventually completed just over a year ago and while some safety improvements have recently been made, we are still waiting for the junction to function correctly.

“In addition to the roads and access there is inadequate infrastructure available to serve any more development.

“After heavy rain there is sewage in the nature park and in residents’ homes and flooding will increase with more development.

“I welcome this proposed refusal. It is the wrong application in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Objections against the latest plans were lodged by parish councils in Huntington, Great Boughton and Christleton, together with campaign group People’s Revolt Over Unsustainable Development (PROUD).

Chester MP Stephen Mosley, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, the Campaign for Rural England and the council’s own highways officers also opposed the plans.

Cllr Mark Williams, whose ward includes Huntington, said: “In my view there is an inadequate draining system including foul water and I question Welsh Water’s analysis of this.

“I find the application premature as there is no evidence that ‘phase A’ development and the alterations to Boughton Heath will result in nil detriment to traffic flows.”

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