HOUSE prices in Frodsham and Helsby will not be run in to the ground by plans to turn the last green space on the marshes into a giant wind farm.
Expert Andrew Hayes – equity partner of Halifax estate agents in Frodsham – has lived in the area for more than 40 years and does not believe that the 21-turbine wind farm will destroy the housing market.
“My feeling is this area already has a very close link with the industry and there is still a considerable demand for properties in the area,” he said.
“It’s like ‘spot the industry’ with Ineos Chlor at Runcorn, Quin Glas, ICI, and the marshes are a nice green space in between.
“The industry is something I have lived with all my life. There used to be a power station here and I think people would get used to seeing them.
“I am not a particular fan of the whole proposal but potentially in some ways a challenge against it will be more damaging than the reality of what could be there.
“Buyers could use the wind turbine as a reason to try and negotiate better prices.
“Whether they will be built or not, there will be a lot other positives in the area.
“Frodsham and Helsby are very nice places to live and would still be very nice places to live.
“We have got beautiful country side on our doorstep, and there are good connections for places to visit.
“My role is to focus on the positives, and there are more positives than negatives.
“I believe it will continue to be a place people will want to, and do, continue living in.”