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Chester residents urged to have their say on 1,300 homes bid

Consultation event taking place on Wednesday, October 19

The land off Wrexham Road, Chester, where there are plans to build at least 1,300 homes.

People in south Chester, Wrexham and Flintshire are urged to view and comment on plans for at least 1,300 homes earmarked on former green belt land alongside Wrexham Road .

The land – next to the Chester suburb of Westminster Park – was released by Cheshire West and Chester Council as part of its development plan.

House builders Taylor Wimpey and Redrow will be delivering the homes as part of this borough-wide Local Plan which was opposed by Tory councillor Neil Sullivan ( Handbridge Park) in whose ward the scheme sits.

Today (Wednesday, October 19) the companies are holding a public consultation at Lache Community Centre, Hawthorn Crescent, between 2-8pm, before lodging a planning application outlining the details.

Ward councillor Neil Sullivan who objected to the Local Plan because of the inclusion of 1,300 new homes on green belt land in his ward.

The developers say there will be executive, family and affordable homes, green spaces including an ecological park, a new primary school and community facilities.

A leaflet aimed at residents states: ”As part of our joint commitment to community engagement, we are undertaking a public consultation to ensure that the views of local residents and stakeholders are taken on board ahead of the submission of the planning application.

“As part of this consultation, a public exhibition has been arranged to allow members of the public to view proposed plans, speak with members of the development team and provide their feedback.”

Pauline Brown, chair of the Westminster Park Residents’ Association, wants as many people as possible to examine the plans.

She said: “This development will have a major impact on existing and future residents in this area and we must ensure that it includes all of the housing and facilities that are important for us.”

Lache Community Centre

Pauline says the plans already feature a new school and health centre but is sure local people will have other ideas about what should be built.

She added: “You may want a community hub, housing for the elderly, a nature reserve, a play area for your children, an outdoor gym to improve your fitness. There are countless possibilities, but obviously no guarantees.

“It is vital that local people participate in this consultation to ensure that the development is high quality and offers the right mix of housing and facilities to meet our needs for the future. At the exhibition we will have the chance to register and comment on the plans – it is really important for residents to do that.

“We only have one chance to get this right. We urge all local people to go to the public consultation on Wednesday 19 th October 2016 and let us at the residents’ association have your views and ideas.”

The plans can also be viewed and feedback offered via the developers’ website: www.wrexhamroadchester.co.uk . All comments on the plans should be received by the house builders no later than Wednesday October 26, 2016.

Westminster Park Residents’ Association can be contacted through their website www.wp-ra.org.uk , Facebook or Twitter or residents can write via their post box in the Al Dente deli at Westminster Park shops.

“This is your chance to shape the future of our area for us and for our children – grasp it now,” added Pauline.



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