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Luxury homes scheme back before planners

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A PLAN to build luxury homes at Culcheth thrown out by Warrington planning chiefs last year is back.
The scheme on the Trucks-2-Go site in Warrington Road, Mee Brow now involves 15 houses – one less than the previous one.
It is recommended for approval by planning officers and will go before membvers of the borough council’s development management committee next week.
The committee originally refused consent for the development because of concerns about traffic and parking.
Part of the site is undeveloped and in the Green Belt, but this would remain as an amenity area. A public footpath would have to be diverted.
Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council have not formally objected to the scheme but have expressed concern about traffic and parking and questioned whether a development of four and five-bedroomed houses wis appropriate for the village.
They pointed out that traffic is extremely heavy on Warrington Road.
Planning officers said the proposals were appropriate in a Green Belt area. The developer had agreed to pay £320,812 towards the cost of affordable housing elsewhere and also £48,513 towards education enhancements at Culcheth High School.

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  1. Yet another development with its “contribution for affordable housing to be built elsewhere” (aka making it easier for the developer). Terry O’Neill was recently reported as saying he was determined to create greater social mobility across and within Warrington, but planning chiefs and their advising officers continue to approve planning applications predicated on the “affordable housing elsewhere” get the developer out of a fix ticket. If this continues there will be ghettos of affordable housing elsewhere, and the promise to create greater social mobility will be as worthless as the one to sort out the infrastructure before another house is built.

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