A MAJOR plan to build more than 500 new homes in the centre of Warrington has been given the green light by planning chiefs.
The development is on a 15.7-hectare site to the south of Centre Park and to the north of the Mersey.
It will include three and four-bedroom houses – including riverside homes – and 100 apartments in three and four storey blocks.
The development will be accessed from the new Centre Park Link Road currently being built by the borough council.
Members of Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee approved the proposals after hearing the properties would include both pitched-roof and flat-roof dwellings, 461 market housing properties, and 52 affordable homes.
The site already has raised flood defences against one in 100-years fluvial and one in 200-years tidal events. There are no records of flooding on the site.
Public open space, including both hard and soft landscaped areas and a pedestrian route along the riverside, are included in the development.
Councillors approved the proposals subject to the provision of affordable housing and contributions from the developer of £100,000 towards health facilities, £300,000 towards transport and £300,000 towards education provision.
Planning officers say the scheme will provide a high-quality development contributing to the borough’s housing need and will have no harmful impact on adjcent properties and an acceptable impact on the highway network.