AN INQUIRY into a multi-million-pound residential and business complex in Cuddington has been put on hold while the future of the land in question is decided.
Osborne House Ltd and Manchester-based HOW Commercial Planners forced a public inquiry into the development of the 17-acre site for a housing and office development as a result of Vale Royal's planning committee's 'non-determination' when it was asked to decide whether to give the application the go-ahead last year.
The development on land between Chester Road, Ash Road and Forest Road, on the A556 at Cuddington, will offer a hotel, pub/restaurant, affordable housing, open space and a sports pitch.
The inquiry opened last Tuesday but following legal submission was adjourned until May 5 to allow time for an inspector's report into the Vale Royal Alteration Local Plan to be received. That will earmark land in the borough as being suitable for particular developments.
Vale Royal's planning committee withheld planning permission because of the site's greenfield classification, but alterations to the area's Local Plan could make it part of the Green Belt, protecting it from development altogether.
At Tuesday's inquiry, held at Wyvern House, the inspector accepted arguments put forward by council bosses that the inquiry was premature and that no decision should be issued on the development application until the development potential of the site is made certain.
Cuddington Parish Council chairman Ken Nixon said: 'That the development would benefit the village in any way is doubtful.
'The site is really the only bit of Green Belt left in the area and therefore important for all the residents.'
John Fifield, a director of Osborne House, based at Gadbrook Park, Rudheath, said: 'This is a mixed use scheme which will the make the most of the land with open space, a crèche and a pub among some of the facilities.'