Council gives go ahead for Saighton Camp scheme

After a difficult meeting, Cheshire West and Chester (CWAC) councillors approved an application for a further 120 homes to be built near a former army camp.

There was some reluctance to pass the Saighton Camp proposal, but it was decided to follow the CWAC planning officer’s recommendation and grant permission.

The controversy surrounded the fact that originally the land that will be used for the extra 120 homes was set aside for 50,000sqft of commercial space and a primary school. These were to be constructed alongside 375 other new dwellings, which were built as part of the overall development of the former Saighton army base.

In 2014, the developer changed its plans and sought permission for another 120 new homes. Initially, the council refused the application, because there was not adequate affordable housing or provision for education and open space. The developer, GMV Eight, addressed this in its new application by including 25% affordable housing and pledging money for educational needs.

Sarah Wozencroft of Indigo Planning spoke up for the proposal at the latest planning meeting, stating:

“The proposal before you today will help deliver much-needed family housing in Chester including up to 30 affordable homes targeted at local people. It ensures efficient use of a brownfield site on what is otherwise recognised as a truly sustainable and accessible location on the urban edge of the city.”

In 2013, an official report highlighted the fact that the borough was short of meeting government-set housing stock targets by 4,500 homes. Since then, CWAC has been working closely with developers and architects in Chester to address the shortfall.

Posted by Matt Hughes
February 11, 2015
New Buildings

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