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Town centre flats scheme in the balance

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THE fate of a major plan for 362 apartments in Warrington town centre depends on the outcome of a meeting next week.
Members of the borough council’s development management committee will be asked to rule on an application for the eight-storey block in Winwick Street, near its junction with John Street.
The committee has already considered the scheme once but put off a decision to enable more information to be provided by the applicant.
One concern was the lack of affordable homes in the development.
The proposed site is close to Warrington Central Station and there are three Grade 2 Listed buildings nearby – the Boulting building, the Kings Head public house and the Cheshire Lines warehouse – as well as a number of locally listed buildings.
The scheme involves the demolition of existing buildings and removal of sub structures and the erection of two buildings.
One would be the apartment block, providing 362 homes over eight floors, and the other a nine-storey multi-storey car park for public use.
The apartment block would comprise of a mix of 253 one and 98 two bed apartments, eight two-bed duplexes and three four bed duplexes. They would all be available for private rent.
Three entrances from John Street and another off Central Way would provide access to the building.
Retail units and a café would be included on the ground floor – with an external seating area with the café.

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  1. There was more than a “ concern” over the lack of affordable housing.
    This is what was said at the council meeting on the 26th of April:
    “Developers were told to go home and have serious think as decisions over 500 apartments deferred”
    The fact the town is changing so much, we need that context to see how it fits in.”
    The applicant was criticised for not including any affordable housing, eliciting this comment:
    “A building of that size and no affordable housing does not sit well with us.”
    In view of this if this application is approved in its present form this council, once again, will have some explaining to do.

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