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New dwelling approved on Green Belt site – despite objections

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PLANNING chiefs have approved proposals for a new residential property on Green Belt land at Thelwall, Warrington – despite objections from neighbours and from the local parish council.

Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council objected to the scheme in Cuerdon Drive and there were also objections from nine neighbours. One other neighbour supported the project, however.

Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee approved the proposals after hearing from officers that the creation of a separate dwelling adjoining Cuerdon Cottage constituted replacement of an existing building for the same use with one not materially larger which would cause no significant harm to the character of the area nor the amenities of nearby residents. As such, it was not inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

Cuerdon Cottage would retain 2340 sqm of garden space and an existing hard standing track at the rear of Cuerdon cottage would give access to the cottage and serve as access to parking for the new unit.
The parish council claimed the site was already over-developed and that vehicle access was inadequate.

Other objectors claimed the applicant was “building a housing estate” was continually applying for one thing then changing to another and that the building had increased in size over the years without planning consent.


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