THE notorious ‘hamburger’ junction near Sainsbury’s in Chester was raised when detailed plans were put forward for almost 350 new homes at Saighton Camp.
The application, including retail and office space, was submitted by housebuilder Bovis Homes.
Almost 70 of the new dwellings will be affordable, with one- to three-bedroomed apartments and houses across the development. Outline permission was granted on appeal in 2010.
Principal planning officer Steve Lewis told the borough’s strategic planning committee the majority of the objections to the application related to traffic matters and their effect over the wider area.
These had been decided by the inspector, he pointed out.
There were no objections from the highway authority subject to conditions.
In a report, Mr Lewis said: “Subject to the carrying out of a range of off-site highway works, including alterations to the Sainsbury’s roundabout and improvements to the local bus service and cycle network to accommodate the additional traffic generated by the development the inspector did not consider it would cause sufficient harm to justify dismissing the appeal.”
Great Boughton councillor Pam Hall (Con) told the committee in a letter there should be no further development until highways issues had been resolved.
She pointed out there had been two accidents at the junction during the previous week, one involving five cars and the other seven and believed the situation was ‘completely unacceptable’.
Five hundred cars would be added to the traffic at peak times.
Colleague Great Boughton councillor Keith Board (Con) said the flow of traffic was no better than it had been before the scheme had started.
Chairman Cllr Myles Hogg (Con) asked if the highway improvements were adequate or not.
For the highway authority, Paul Parry said he ‘deeply’ shared the concerns and referred to a ‘constant ongoing dialogue’ with the developer.
Bovis were working up further proposals ‘but whether they will be a cure I do not know’.
“I don’t have a magic answer,” he said pointing out the developers shared the concerns.
Development planning manager Fiona Edwards said it had not yet been possible to carry out an assessment due to changes at the A51/A55 junction and other roadworks across the city.
Cllr John Grimshaw (Con) suggested a decision should be deferred until the council was satisfied with the traffic issues but Miss Edwards said there was ‘no room for manoeuvre’.
The committee agreed the application could have permission.