APPROVAL has been given to construct 256 homes in the Little Sutton area of Ellesmere Port.

The Ledsham Road proposal is phase three of Redrow Homes’ Ledsham Garden Village scheme, and forms part of an almost-700 dwelling development.

Almost a third of the phase three homes — 81 in total — have been earmarked to be affordable housing.

Chris Dobson, from Redrow Homes, told Cheshire West and Chester councillors: “We have worked with the council over the last ten months to improve the scheme. 

“The scheme has sought to address previous comments in the consultation.”

Phase three of the plans include one-bedroom flats, a series of bungalows, and houses ranging from two to four bedrooms.

The development includes provision for a new primary school in the area, with access being provided via Gerrard Avenue.

Changes to that access had been made in recent weeks, with emergency vehicles, cycles, and pedestrians now only being able to use the route. It will be controlled by a series of removable bollards.

The delivery of the new homes on the site is seen as a big win for the borough, as the council’s local plan seeks out at least 4,800 new dwellings.

In all, the Ledsham Road site is earmarked to provide up to 2,000 new homes across 105 hectares.