FLOODING fears have prompted a councillor to call in proposals to lay a hard surface near a proposed 2,000-home development in Great Sutton.
The issue has arisen on land adjacent to 128 Green Lane where the application for a farm access has been made by the trustees of the Hooton Estate.
It was due to be considered by a meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee yesterday at the request of Ledsham and Manor ward councillor Gareth Anderson (Con).
Cllr Anderson has raised concerns about highway safety, flood risk, surface water drainage, the destruction of a hedgerow and the affect on the appearance of that part of Green Lane.
The strip of land concerned is on a grass verge.
The hard surfacing would link the road and a 4.5m wide gap which has been created in the hedgerow. A gate would be installed.
An application for the removal of part of the hedgerow was approved retrospectively in March this year.
No objections have been raised by the highway authority subject to conditions or by biodiversity specialists at the council.
Two objectors have suggested the access would not be used for agriculture purposes and is unnecessary.
It is argued it would be detrimental to highway safety and would lead to flooding in the surrounding area.
Objector June Reed, of Sutton New Hall Farm, Ledsham Road, Little Sutton argues the access is not needed or wanted as she has been a tenant of the farm for 20 years and has easy access to all the fields on the holding.
The area is subject to flooding and she added:”Moving heavy farm machinery through housing estates is fraught with problems and totally unnecessary in this case.”
G J Penness, of Sutton Hall Drive, Little Sutton, claims the removal of the hedge has already caused flooding in Green Lane and the access would not be used by the tenant farmers. It would be unsafe from a traffic point of view.
Planners say there is no suggestion within the application that the access would be used in connection with the proposed 2,000-home Redrow development nearby and the plans must be taken at face value.
They believe, however, there should be a condition restricting its use to agricultural purposes only.
The application is recommended for approval.