PLANNING chiefs have put off a decision on proposals to demolish and replace an old farm house at Croft – even though the property has already been demolished.
Members of Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee deferred an application to replace the property in Cross Lane to enable more information to be obtained.
Croft Parish Council and a nearby resident had opposed the scheme.
The parish council claimed the scheme would represent over development of the site.
They said work had already started and that a wall had been built. But officers pointed out that planning permission had been given for both the demolition and the wall on a previous occasion and that the house had been demolished because it was structurally unsound and dangerous.
A neighbour claimed the proposed development would result in a loss of character, that the new property would be overbearing and cause a loss of light but officers – who recommended the scheme be approved – said the proposed development would occupy the same footprint as the original building and was appropriate for the site.
Although it had been claimed the houses dated from 1847, officers believed much of it was of more recent origin.