Villagers say developers are having a ‘feeding frenzy’ as the latest application for 45 new homes is targeting their community.
Tarporley Parish Council will hold a public consultation on Monday evening (March 2) after Bloor Homes put forward proposals for the new properties at Arderne Home Farm on land at Eaton Road, which they describe as a ‘sensitive development with properties sympathetic to the existing character of Tarporley’.
The plans will not be submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) until villagers have had their say, but if they are given the go ahead, it will take the total amount of approved new housing in Tarporley to 190 homes, a figure that residents say the village does not need.
David Carter, whose home on Walkers Lane would be 60 yards away from the Bloor development, told The Chronicle it was important as many people as possible came to the public consultation, or at least submitted their objections to the development.
“It seems all villages like Tarporley are under siege right now,” he said. “Under the National Planning Policy Framework, Tarporley is meant to have 300 new homes by 2030 and 280 of those have already been allocated.
“Some applications have been granted and some haven’t. We are not completely against managed growth and development, there are some positives, such as affordable housing, and being given land for recreational uses, but it just seems these applications come in like a feeding frenzy all at once.”
Mr Carter, who wished to speak to The Chronicle as a resident and not in his capacity as deputy clerk to Tarporley Parish Council, said the repercussions of this latest development would be damaging if it was to go ahead.
“There would be no more nice countryside views from my house, all that would be totally spoiled. And the extra houses would exacerbate an already bad traffic situation. Drivers already fail to adhere to the 30mph speed limit at the junction near to the Portal golf course. Adding 45 new houses will just increase the volume of traffic.
“The village just doesn’t need another 45 homes, it’s got its supply. Parking is also another issue, with how difficult it already is to park in Tarporley, and utilities like drains and sewage will be further strained with all those extra houses.”
Mr Carter added: “The meeting on Monday is to inform the public and to gauge general opinion. We want to ensure everyone’s views are taken into account. As a resident I urge people to object to this, to make sure they go on the website to make their feelings known and hope they eventually get taken into account.”
The meeting, held at Tarporley Community Centre, starts at 7pm on Monday (March 2). You can find out more by visiting www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/