PLANNING applications for affordable housing in Ellesmere Port have been welcomed by a leading councillor.
The four schemes, involving a total of 14 two and three bedroom homes at Raby Court, Durham Court, Richmond Court and Brancepeth Court, involves the former borough council’s housing committee, developers Pochin Homes and the Dane Housing Association.Š
The borough council decided the land, which involves former garages and grassed areas, should be released for low cost homes.Š
Meeting in the town, a Cheshire West and Chester planning board agreed the schemes should be approved.
“This is exactly the type of application I look to see,” said Cllr Angela Claydon (Lab, Grange and Rossmore).
“The developments will bring affordable housing into the area using derelict land.”
The garages are “falling down” and causing problems on the estate, she added.
The loss of the garage courts will not be detrimental according to a report.ŠThe garage sites were reduced in size at some point between 1992 and 2003.
Two of the homes will be built at Raby Court with six at Durham Court, three at Richmond Court and three at Brancepeth Court.Š
Two petitions with 37 names and 32 names were raised by objectors in Durham Court and Raby Court.
Councillors heard the new build will lead to the regeneration of the sites and the affordable homes are “much needed”.
At Durham Court, the developers preferred obscurely glazed front windows to protect the privacy of neighbours but planning officers suggested that windows angled away from homes would be better.ŠThe applications had unanimous approval.