PRESSURE from major housing developments continues to threaten the future of two Cheshire villages.
Tensions ran high during two heated meetings discussing plans for developments in Kelsall and Tarporley - with packed forums turning out to both.
Dozens crammed into Tarporley Community Centre on Monday for the Parish Council’s open forum discussion to express disdain for a plan which would see 40 homes built on land off the high street, known as Daffodil Field.
Developers Jones Homes want to create new access to the high street and extend the nearby public car park by 20 spaces as part of the scheme.
But villagers fear the loss of a conservation site as well as increased traffic congestion if it goes ahead.
During the meeting, residents shouted contempt for the scheme.
Resident Elizabeth McKenna said: “This is a conservation site which shouldn’t be disturbed. It’s bordering on criminal.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is that this development isn’t built.
“This heritage area is too small to accommodate what’ll be needed - it should be turned into something people can enjoy.”
The meeting comes in the same week Kelsall residents lost their battle to prevent Bloor Homes building 33 homes in the centre of the village.
A meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWaC) planning committee met on Tuesday, voting 6-5 to approve the application.
It’s a massive blow to residents who have campaigned against the plans for more than a year, fearing it could pave the way for future developments.
Kelsall Parish Council chairman Terry Harrop said his reaction to the decision was one of ‘disappointment and disillusionment.’
“The parish council and residents prepared detailed submissions regarding the location and size of this development, outlining many reasons why this proposal shouldn’t be developed in this location,” he said.
“This doesn’t bode well for further applications in the rural areas as their needs and concerns are being sacrificed for the greater needs of the borough.”
He added: “The overall impact of this development will only be known when it’s built, when it’ll be too late and existing problems of traffic and flooding are exacerbated.”
The Daffodil Field application’s standard consultation date expires on January 28, meaning Tarporley’s battle is still ongoing.
Mrs McKenna added: “The way I see it it’s like the Cinderella story - with all these houses, developers are trying to squeeze the Ugly Sister’s foot into a beautiful glass slipper. We shouldn’t be just accepting - we need to use every tool we have to fight this together.”