A PLAN to build 16 luxury homes on the site of a commercial vehicle depot has been thrown out by Warrington planning chiefs.
Members of the borough council’s development management committee refused consent for the development on the site of the Trucks-2-Go site in Warrington Road at Mee Brow, Culcheth – despite officers recommending the scheme be approved.
Concerns about traffic and parking were the main reasons councillors opposed the scheme, put forward by house builders Elan Homes.
The committee was told the scheme would involve demolition of existing buildings on the site.
Part of the site was 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 had lodged objections on traffic parking grounds and also questioned whether a development of four and five-bedroomed houses was 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.