OUTLINE plans for a further 295 homes on the city’s outskirts are to come before a planning inspector.
The application, put forward by GMV Eight Ltd at Saighton Camp, was unanimously rejected by the borough’s strategic planning committee last September.
Previous applications at the former army camp involving 103 new homes which are nearing completion alongside the A55 and almost 350 dwellings and 500sq m of commercial space, together with a new school if required, have already been allowed.
The developers offered almost £6.5m under a legal agreement for highways improvements, education and public open space. They said 20% of the new housing would be affordable.
Huntington, Great Broughton and Christleton parish councils together with Chester Civic Trust, the CPRE and city MP Stephen Mosley all objected, pointing to traffic problems at Sainsbury’s roundabout among other issues. The application was also opposed by the highway authority.
Further objections came from traffic activists PROUD and 400 residents.
Councillors raised concerns that although the works to the new roundabout on the A41 had been completed it was not functioning as expected.
Development planning manager Fiona Edwards said the developers had been advised it was premature to submit the application until traffic surveys in connection with the roundabout had been carried out.
The advice had not been taken and refusal was recommended in the absence of information to enable a proper assessment of traffic issues.
Councillors voted unanimously to reject the plans on traffic grounds.
They also believed there was inadequate provision to safeguard nature conservation aspects.
The appeal will be heard at a public inquiry.