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Five storey apartment blocks given the go-ahead

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PLANS for three five storey apartment blocks – totalling 189 dwelling – in Station Road, Latchford, have been given the green light by Warrington’s development management committee.
The development will take place on the site of the former Beer’s timber yard, on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
Twelve nearby residents lodged objections, and Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid also expressed concern.
Main issues were the height of the properties, the flat roofed design, which residents said was “cold and imposing” on the landscape, traffic and parking.
But planning officers said residential development on the site was considered acceptable as it was a sustainable location, with easy access to services
The design of the buildings was considered to enhance the immediate setting and the development would not have a severe impact on the highways network.

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  1. No SERIOUS IMPACT on the highways network is probably true on this occasion but, with the three exit points from the site on to the town’sa road system does have AN impact. The exit at the junction at the Knutsford Road swing bridge is ‘bottleneck’ during peak periods, as is the Cantilever High Leve Bridge and the junction at the Cantilever Park football ground. I would hope that the planners attended the junctions at these periods to see the problems.

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