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Council to oppose plans for 11 houses on nursery site

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A PARISH council has resolved to oppose to build 11 new houses on a nursery site at Croft, Warrington.
Members of Croft Parish Council decided to fight the proposals after a face-to-face meeting with the would-be developers and their planning consultants.
The council objects on the grounds that the proposed development – on the site of Kenyon Hall Nursery in Kenyon Lane – is in the Green Belt.
The developers argue that it is a brownfield site because of existing nursery buildings.
But Cllr Keith Bland, chairman of the parish council, said: “There are no permanent buildings on the site – just timber sheds of the kind you would associate with a nursery.
“A nursery is surely a greenfield site anyway.”
Councillors are also concerned that the development could lead to traffic hazards on Kenyon Lane and believe the application is premature in view of the impending Warrington Local Plan, which envisages around 60 new houses on Green Belt land at Croft.
Local residents also oppose the scheme. They say the proposal is for eight houses costing in the region of £500,000 and three “affordable” town houses.
They saw the need in Croft is for affordable houses – not properties costing £500,000.

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