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Developer’s second ‘go’ at housing plan in Cheshire village

DEVELOPERS have resubmitted plans for 65 homes on a disused council depot and adjacent countryside after the original application was narrowly rejected.

DEVELOPERS have resubmitted plans for 65 homes on a disused council depot and adjacent countryside after the original application was narrowly rejected.

Marbury Properties wants to build houses, a new ambulance station and village hall at the Milton Green site despite opposition from Handley & District Parish Council.

Last month Cheshire West and Chester Council planning committee rejected the scheme by six votes to five after the planning officer recommended refusal on grounds the location is unsustainable due to lack of amenities.

Cllr Eveleigh Moore-Dutton was among councillors confused that a different officer had granted permission for a 33-home scheme by Morris Homes on an adjacent plot despite similar worries. However, the planning department says that site was more sustainable because it was wholly on previously developed land.

Cllr Moore-Dutton did raise concerns about the Marbury application being partly on greenfield.

But Marbury says it has now come up with a revised lay-out which ‘significantly reduces’ the level of development on the greenfield part of the prospective site

The ‘only housing’ that remains in the countryside is the 16 affordable dwellings. The ambulance station and village hall remain on the greenfield area as ‘part of a strong community gain package’.

Cllr David Armstrong moved refusal last time saying he was ‘really troubled’ by the situation and had sympathy with local opponents.

He said: “How on earth did the first application for the 33 houses get passed because it seems to me that just undermines everything that’s been put forward to turn it down and I find that quite disturbing.”

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