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SoS backs Cheshire planning authority over refusal for Nantwich housing

Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

Communities Secretary agrees with Cheshire East Council and dismisses the appeal for a 189 home greenfield development in Nantwich…

Cheshire East Council has successfully seen off proposals for a development of up to 189 homes on a greenfield site in Nantwich which was the subject of recovered appeal determined by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The inspector who held the redetermined appeal had recommended the proposals should be allowed.

The scheme which also involved a local centre, primary school, public open space, children’s play area, allotments and a new village green was unveiled back in 2012 and was originally refused by the planning authority and then on appeal by the then Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles. The developer, Muller Property Group, mounted a successful legal challenge which triggered this redetermination.

Javid’s decision letter acknowledged that the planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites.

However, the proposed development earmarked for a 14-hectare site off Peter Destapleigh Way in Stapeley, on the edge of Nantwich, was both in conflict with the Crewe and Nantwich local plan as well as the emerging Cheshire East local plan strategy and that of the local neighbourhood plan.

The Secretary of State argued that the proposals’ harm to the character and appearance of the open countryside outweighed its benefits. He also concluded that the scheme was not sustainable development overall.

A second appeal for a new highways access road as well as footways and a cycleway was also dismissed.

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Roger Milne