Residents' fears fail to halt Upton homes plan


Jim Green

PLANS to build affordable homes on green belt land in Upton have been recommended for approval, despite residents’ concerns.

Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT) wants to build 16 terraced houses on the site of former garages and a play area at Greenfields.

The development would include two, three and four bedroom houses and a replacement play area and has been supported by Upton parish councillors.

However the application was called in by Upton councillor Jill Houlbrook because of  the potential impact on roads and concerns from residents, with 115 people signing petitions opposing the scheme.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWaC) planning committee will decide whether to approve the plans when it meets later today.

Case officer Robert Charnley said the site was considered to be brownfield land and the development would improve its appearance.

He said Upton needed an extra 29 affordable homes each year and no affordable homes had been built in the area this financial year.

He said: “The development would provide affordable housing and a mix of unit sizes to meet the need for affordable housing. The affordable housing officer has highlighted this scheme would provide affordable units for rent. This is important as there is such a high demand.

“When  taking all these issues into account, and the specifics of the site, very special circumstances exist that outweigh the potential harm to the greenbelt.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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