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Communities fight homes bid

Parish councils join forces to declare development at Beeston Cattle Market 'unsustainable'

Proposals for more than 100 homes at Beeston go before planners(Image: Rob Stratford)

Widespread community opposition has been expressed against proposals for up to 103 rural homes going before the planning committee next week.

Wright Manley, which has operated Beeston Cattle Market since 1861, hopes to gain outline planning consent for housing on their site at Whitchurch Road, Beeston, with support from the council planning officer who is recommending approval.

Wright Manley had previously joined forces with Steppingstone Building Development Ltd in a combined application involving the former Beeston Castle Hotel site for up to 120 homes.

The Steppingstone land, which already enjoys planning consent for 21 homes, was withdrawn at the 11th hour. But Cheshire West and Chester Council won’t reconsult and the plan will go to the strategic planning committee next Thursday.

Gordon Ibbotson, chairman of Tiverton and Tilstone Fearnall Parish Council, said: “We think that if a new village is to be created then we would wish to see the sustainable features that Government and CWaC keep insisting are needed for any new development.

“That should include many, if not all, of the following: a school, shops, post office, improved road access, 30mph limit, doctor’s surgery, play area, tree planting, a pub/restaurant and last, but not least, reopening the station.

“Whilst it would be nice if the developers included these in the plans, it is quite clear that all they wish to do so is build houses, take the profit and never be seen again.”

Doug Haynes, on behalf of Beeston Parish Council, who objected on grounds of unsustainability, wrote: “The nearest facilities of shops and schools are either in Tarporley or Bunbury. We understand that Bunbury school is full and has no vacancies. We also understand that extra houses are proposed in Bunbury.”

Marilyn Houston, Bunbury Parish Council clerk, also raised concerns about school places and congestion.

In a document accompanying the plans, the applicants state: “The site is located near to a bus route and is within walking and cycling distance of a range of local amenities including schools, shops and green spaces.

“Parking is provided adjacent each of the dwellings, where possible, and therefore close to the front door of each house. The amount of parking provided also allows for visitor parking to be available within the development.”

 

 

 

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