THE long-running battle to stop controversial plans for 100 new homes in Tarporley will feature on a national television programme.
A BBC crew has been filming in the village this week and they will also have cameras outside the council HQ in Chester on Tuesday when the planning committee meets to decide on the Nantwich Road scheme.
The programme, which will be part of a five-episode series to be screened on BBC2 later in the year, focuses on planning issues faced by rural communities, new Government laws and efforts to conserve British heritage.
Campaign leader and Tarporley Greenfield Awareness Project spokesman Michael George, along with parish councillor James Blackford, have been interviewed about developer Fox Strategic Land and Property’s (FLP) 100 homes proposal at land off Nantwich Road, as well as plans for homes and sports facilities on and opposite the old Brook Farm School site.
Villagers were also asked for their views as they attended a consultation event at the community centre after yet another housing scheme emerged.
A proposed development by Jones Homes could see about 40 homes built on land off High Street known as the ‘Daffodil Field’.
Mr George said although the series will be screened after a decision is made on the Nantwich Road plans, taking part in it will send a message to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) and he urged as many people as possible to turn up to Tuesday’s planning meeting.
"It demonstrates that what is happening in Tarporley is a concern and issue which will be felt by other rural communities," he added.
"If it wasn’t an issue they wouldn’t have had it on their programme."
Mr George says it’s ‘crazy’ the Nantwich Road scheme could get the go-ahead despite huge opposition and plans in place to transform a ‘derelict eyesore’ school site.
He added: "Tarporley has a plan. It has a brownfield site. It just seems crazy that something that is so unwanted could get approved before something that is going to offer significant value and in the main is wanted."
FLP has submitted two applications for the same site, the second of which they say addresses traffic issues.
The first is due to go to a public inquiry on May 22 as a result of an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate because CWaC failed to make a decision within the statutory eight-week period.
However that appeal will be withdrawn if the planning committee rules in favour of the second application on Tuesday. The meeting is due to start at 4pm.