Knutsford housing consultation event happening this week | Knutsford Times

Knutsford housing consultation event happening this week

By on September 2, 2018

The Crown Estate is holding a public consultation on Wednesday 5 September on its housing plans for land west of Manchester Road, in north west Knutsford.

The public consultation event runs from 4pm to 8pm at The Hall, Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 18 Tatton Street, Knutsford, to seek residents’ views on its proposals for land west of Manchester Road.

The proposals include new employment space supporting 1,000 jobs with a 7.5 hectare business park and 60 new homes and comes after The Crown Estate’s plans for 190 new homes at land north of Northwich Road were approved in April.

The proposals represent the second phase of The Crown Estate’s masterplan for North West Knutsford, building on the previous approval for 190 homes at land north of Northwich Road.

In addition to new homes and jobs, the proposals include provision for walking and cycling routes and a range of landscaped open spaces.

The consultation event is an opportunity for residents to hear more and share their thoughts ahead of a planning application due to be submitted to Cheshire East Council later this year.

Steve Melligan, Strategic Land Portfolio Manager for The Crown Estate, which owns the site, said: “We were pleased to receive planning approval for our scheme to the north of Northwich Road earlier this year.

“These latest proposals represent the second phase our plans for new homes and jobs in the area and we look forward to welcoming local people to our consultation to hear their views.”

Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board voted unanimously to approve plans for 190 homes, a reduction on the 260 originally proposed.

The application was deferred last December so The Crown Estate could consider reducing the number of homes from 260, following feedback from Cheshire East Council, community groups in Knutsford and Knutsford Town Council.

In response, The Crown Estate reduced the number of homes on the scheme to 190, while still delivering 30 per cent affordable housing and keeping contributions to highway improvements unchanged.

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