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160-homes plan for former Wilderspool Stadium site

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OUTLINE proposals for the long-awaited scheme to build homes on the site of the former Wilderspool RL Stadium, off Fletcher Street, have been submitted to Warrington planning chiefs.
The scheme for up to 160 homes – including three and four storey blocks – has been submitted by Wire Regeneration – a partnership between developers Langtree and Warrington Borough Council.
Extending to 2.2 hectares, the site is bounded by a railway line to the north east, by terraced housing on Priory Street and Fletcher Street to the west and by other urban, commercial development to the south.
To the east of the railway line is an extensive area of established housing off Lord Street, York Street, Canterbury Street and others.
Warrington Wolves last used the ground for a competitive match in 2003 and the club ceased using the site for training and academy matches as it was due to be demolished in 2014.
Four nearby residents have objected to the scheme.
They say Fetcher Street is too narrow, with residents’ cars parked on either side constantly, so Priory Street would be the only valid, safe access. They believe access should be via St James Court, off Brian Bevan Island.
Parking will overflow onto Fletcher Street and Priory Street and access onto Wilderspool cause has already become more difficult in recent years.
Three and four storey development will be out of keeping with the area, residents argue.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin supports the residents.
She said: “Whilst overall I am in favour of the development of this site, local residents are rightly concerned about the impact the proposed development could have on parking and traffic, particularly relating to Priory Street and Fletcher Street.
“I understand some mitigation measures have been proposed – including some additional car parking spaces for residents. However the traffic management here must be fully understood before planning permission is granted, and further mitigation for the residents – including possible re-modelling of the parking and access on Fletcher and Priory Street should be considered.”
Planning officers say the development is acceptable and recommend the scheme be approved.

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