A residents’ group fears traffic ‘mayhem’ could result from a proposed new Chester housing estate for up to 1,450 homes.
Jennifer Crew, of Westminster Park Residents’ Association, wants everybody to help shape the plans but traffic concerns remain a worry.
Jennifer, speaking to The Chronicle at a consultation event organised by the developers at Lache Community Centre, said: “We want views to be sent through to the developers and to the council – the council have announced today that they are also going to run a four week consultation about this project.
“The reasons why they need to do that are that it’s in its formative stage at the moment and so if there are certain things that people want to see in this development they can put those ideas forward, so whether that’s a health centre, a school, retirement apartments for the elderly.”
She added: “The traffic’s got to be the overriding concern. That kind of housing estate is going to yield at least 2,000 extra cars onto the roads, coming out opposite the business park, by The King’s School – it could be mayhem.”
About 370 people attended the developers’ consultation where it was explained that a computer model was being created to predict the possible traffic impact so any highway improvements can be made. Plans already show a primary school, health centre, small shopping centre, green spaces and an ecological park where great crested newts would be relocated. The housing would be built out over 10-15 years.
A leaflet aimed at residents states: ”As part of our joint commitment to community engagement, we are undertaking a public consultation to ensure that the views of local residents and stakeholders are taken on board ahead of the submission of the planning application.”
Visit the developers’ website by clicking here to view the plans and offer feedback up until Wednesday, November 2.
Those wishing to take part in the council’s consultation can visit their website or email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post comments to: Planning Policy Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council , 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.
Westminster Park Residents’ Association is holding a public meeting at 8pm, on October 26, in Westminster Park Community Centre to give local people the opportunity to put forward their aspirations for the new estate.