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Howley housing plan turned down
6:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A DEVELOPER who bought land from the council to develop houses on had his planning permission refused - despite it being billed as residential land by the authority.
The site off Harbord Street, Howley, was ruled by councillors on the council’s planning sub committee as unsuitable for residential use because it was close to a number of industrial units.
But the developer’s agent Alex McDyre told a planning meeting his clients had been told it would be suitable for housing when CDM Developments took over the site.
He said: “The land was put up for sale by Warrington Borough Council in 2008 and sales literature said it was for sale in a residential area and suitable for residential housing.
“My clients bought the site and expected to get planning permission on that basis.”
CDM Developments had put forward a proposal to build five properties in the form of semi-detached and detached property with 20 per cent allocated to affordable housing.
But council officers recommended the site for refusal because ‘a satisfactory living environment’ could not be guaranteed for future homeowners.
Neighbouring business Brit Tipp also objected to the plan.
Alison Freeman, speaking on behalf of the business, said: “Brit Tipp are a massive company and employ 40 people.
“A business wanting to develop should not be unreasonably be held up by later developments near them.
“Britt Tip have been here for 30 years but it’s not just them that could be affected but all those other industrial units too.”
Councillors also voiced their concern over the positioning of the plan after visiting the site.
Clr Sheila Woodyatt (CON - Lymm) said: “We all know the need for affordable housing but when we went up to the site visit I couldn’t believe the council said this was a site that could be suitable for housing.
“With the proximity of the houses to everything else I can’t see anyone wanting to live there.”
Clr Jeff Richards added: “I do know the area very well. This is area nearby is used for car finishing. There is still spray odour and we could start to get objections from local people.”
The council’s planning sub committee unanimously voted to refuse planning permission.
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