Chance for residents to find out more about 186 homes planned for former farm land


RESIDENTS have a chance tonight (Tuesday) to find out more about plans for 186 homes on land off Warrington Road, Culcheth, which have been submitted to borough council planning chiefs.

A public meeting has been organised at the Parish Council Library office on Warrington Road tonight for residents, businesses and any other interested parties.
Plans will be available, as well as some parish councillors and the clerk to explain to residents, how to access the borough council’s planning department to put comments about the application.
Comments can be made via email to [email protected] quoting REF 2023/01264/HYB

The scheme has been submitted by Story Homes Ltd and includes 56 affordable homes.

Nearly 90 of the proposed dwellings would be three or four-bedroomed houses and there would be 20 five-bedroomed houses.
Two three-storey apartments are proposed.
The applicants say the site – formerly farmland – is in a highly sustainable location, approximately 1.2 kilometres to the east
of the centre of Culcheth providing access to a number of key services and facilities including shops, restaurants, public houses and a supermarket within walking distance.

It is also close to Culcheth High School and Culcheth Primary School.
Vehicle access to the development would be from Warrington Road and Holcroft Lane.
The development would include public open space, a play area and landscape features, as well as footpaths connecting to the wider transport network. There would also be new tree and hedgerow planting.
One self-build plot would be included in the development.
The scheme is currently being considered by borough council planning officers.


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  1. Yet another example of WBC’s failure to create (let alone consider) the infrastructure (as Terry O’Neill promised) before building “anymore houses.” This attitude is now so inured in local planners’ and traffic engineers’ minds that it has become the norm, to ignore the infrastructure requirements.
    The main access points to and from this proposed development will be directly onto the Warrington Road, with a smaller one onto Holcroft Lane, which itself is a pretty narrow road.
    Warrington Road has become increasingly busy and congested with current traffic loads. With traffic often nose to tail during rush hours, school finishing time and even more so with the now regular diverted motorway traffic. If this development goes ahead it will be even more of a motorist’s nightmare

  2. The planning process is a complete farce as this is a major application and to expect the residents of Culcheth and any representative bodies to examine this by Monday 27th November (consultation end date although confusing as in one place it says it is 30th November) when it was only posted on 8th November (21 days at a maximum) and is classed as a major development under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 and The Listed Buildings and Conservation Area Regulations 1990. The portal log in needs IT literacy and some residents will need help and a good broadband as the data includes circa 66 documents to download.
    The council has the proposals under consideration and is required to give notice BUT it is inadequate and I think the developer should be forced to undertake a lot more work including a proper community consultation at their expense. They have done huge work and paid out a lot of fees to get those 66 documents in place and the community has very little time and zero resources to examine the impact of this. And I say this with respect to our volunteer citizens who are Parish councillors, but they are but one voice and are trying to hold back the tide here. Everyone in Culcheth needs to act. Log on the site and if your objection is just need more time get it logged. We have to pull them back or this will be forced through.
    reference 2023/01264/HYB

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