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“Affordable” homes plan is withdrawn

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A PLAN to build 17 “affordable” houses on land adjoining the Star Inn at Lymm has been withdrawn.
The scheme was due to be considered by members of Warrington’s development management committee but was removed from the agenda after the meeting was told it had been withdrawn by the applicants, the Clarion Housing Group.
It would have been the second time the committee had considered the scheme, the application having been deferred on the first occasion after members heard of concerns expressed by local residents and by Lymm Parish Council.
Main concerns involved access to the site from Star Lane which, it was claimed, could lead to highway safety problems.
But there was also concern that too many properties were being squeezed onto the site leading to a loss of light and privacy for the occupants of existing bungalows in Turnberry Close.
Cllr Anna Fradgley said she and other members of the parish council supported the principle of affordable housing on the site.
But they had two major concerns. Plot 1 would be modern in design, compared to the historical cottages adjacent and would be higher than the existing bungalow which was to be demolished. It would have an impact on a bungalow in Turnberry Close in that it would deprive it of light and sunlight.
However, the main concern was the exit from the site which was only a few meters from Albany Road and was on the tail end of a blind bend in Star Lane.
While Star Lane had a 20mph speed limit it was rarely adhered to. Cars also parked in the road near the Star Inn, making it difficult for drivers to come out of the development safely.

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