AN APPEAL involving outline plans for more than 160 dwellings and a medical centre on land between Elton and Ince has been withdrawn.
The application, including 25% affordable housing and put forward by Eveida International on a triangular 5.5ha site at Bare Brick House, Station Road, Ince, led to objections from neighbours and petitions on both sides of the issue.
The company told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council the ‘well conceived’ development would meet planning policies and be close to employment opportunities. It would make the best use of previously developed land and local people and parish councils had been consulted.
Three-quarters of the homes would be two and three-bedroomed, reflecting local need.
Ince Parish Council objected, referring to a previous refusal and pointing out the new-build would almost double the size of the village. It believed this would be overdevelopment and the increased traffic using Pool Lane and Station Road would be unacceptable to residents.
Elton Parish Council had no objections as affordable housing was a priority.
Publicity for the application led to five objections from neighbours and a 74-signature petition opposing the scheme.
A petition submitted by the applicant had 161 signatures in favour.
Objectors argued the development would merge Elton and Ince but planners did not feel the housing would be out of keeping.
There was no objection from the highway authority.
Recommending refusal, planners felt insufficient information had been provided on noise issues to assess if the scheme would be appropriate. It would also be close to hazardous installations.
The borough council agreed permission should be withheld and the developers appealed the decision.
For Eveida, Chester-based chartered town planner CA Planning said it would be a preferred location for new housing in the borough as it would be ‘extremely well located’ for a range of facilities.
The development of the redundant and unused land would support regeneration and help to meet wider housing needs to help retain and attract more people, families, younger people and the economic active to the area.
However, the Planning Inspectorate was advised the appeal had been withdrawn. Cheshire West and Chester Council was told no further action would be taken.