Controversial Knutsford housing bid looks likely to be granted planning consent | Knutsford Times

Controversial Knutsford housing bid looks likely to be granted planning consent

By on December 15, 2017

A bid to build up to 260 houses in Knutsford looks set to be granted planning consent despite objections.

The Crown Estate’s outline planning application to create a major residential scheme north of Northwich Road is due to go before Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. It is proposed there would be 51 affordable houses, 27 intermediate tenure houses and 182 market houses.

Knutsford Town Council strongly objects to the application and has said that the number of properties exceeds the local plan site allocation by 49%, that the additional houses would have significant highways implications, and that the scheme would put extra demand on education, leisure, health and community facilities than has previously been addressed in the local plan. Tabley Parish Council and which has also objected to the proposal.

A planning officer’s report has recommended that the scheme should be approved.



At the same meeting, the planning board will discuss a full planning application by Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West to build 174 homes  in Wilmslow situated between the Stanneylands Hotel, the 55-bedroom country house hotel, and Wilmslow Garden Centre. There would be eight one-bedroom, 19 two-bedroom, 35 three-bedroom and 112 four-bedroom properties in total across the development.

Wilmslow Town Council’s planning committee has recommended that the application should be refused. Cheshire East Council’s planning officers have again recommended that councillors should approve the scheme.

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