Planning permission for new homes in Cheshire secured

After a successful appeal, thirty new homes will be built on a four-acre plot of land in Nether Peover.

Initially, planning permission was denied for the Holly Tree Drive site in the Cheshire parish. Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), a commercial property consultancy, worked with the landowners to submit both the first planning application and the subsequent appeal.

Richard Moffat, LSH’s director of planning and development, noted:

“The fact that this case had to go to appeal at all supports the findings of our recent residential development sentiment survey; that planning is perceived as the biggest barrier to the delivery of housing.”

It has been claimed that the area has a chronic shortage of housing. In 2014, Cheshire West and Chester Council noted in its draft housing strategy that the supply of housing in the borough had fallen behind household growth for several years. This situation had left many local people struggling to get onto the housing ladder and was stopping people from moving freely between properties. A lack of student housing is also reportedly proving to be an issue for the area.

At that time of the report, the council determined that a further 5,000 homes needed to be built within five years. However, dwellings are now being constructed in the area, which is keeping Chester architects and construction workers busy. The development of a 350-bed student accommodation development got the go ahead in February. Planning permission has also been granted for two developments in West Chester, but a public inquiry is ongoing to determine if the 292 proposed homes can actually be built.

Posted by Matt Hughes
April 16, 2015

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