FEARS are growing that village life in Cheshire is about to be destroyed by thousands of new homes.
At a crucial meeting on Monday, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Local Development Framework Panel will discuss whether to approve the Local Plan document for public consultation.
That plan would see at least 4,200 new homes built across the rural area by 2030.
Tarporley, Tattenhall, Malpas, Tarvin, Kelsall and Farndon are all likely to see their communities increase by hundreds of houses as a result.
Malpas residents are so worried about the potential impact of new housing schemes - which they say would ‘destroy’ their village completely - that they have now formed a new action group.
Scores of residents have shown their support for the Action For Greenfields group set up by villager Rachel Redshaw whose house lies next to a proposed development.
The main villages highlighted for housing development and the number of properties they are expected to deliver over the next 18 years are:
The figures form part of the council’s proposed Local Plan blueprint which sets out the planning policy framework for the whole of the borough up to 2030.
It proposes a borough-wide housing requirement of at least 21,000 new homes, with the rural area – which accounts for 25% of the population – expected to provide 20% of the proposed housing growth share.
The total level of housing development put forward would be greater than Government household projections but lower than that set out in the Regional Spatial Strategy, which the Government ultimately wants to scrap.
Rural villages have seen an influx of proposed housing developments over recent months.
Plans in Tarvin and Farndon, which would see a total of nearly 170 new homes built, have recently been given the go-ahead.
And a scheme for 100 homes in Tarporley will be ruled on by an inspector soon, while proposals have also been put forward in Kelsall, Tattenhall and Malpas.
Any developments give the green light after 2010 will go toward the required housing figures in the Local Plan.
The council’s Local Development Framework Panel will meet on Monday evening to decide whether to approve the Local Plan document for public consultation, with a view to adopting it by late 2014.