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Plans for cafe at Walton Reservoir turned down
2:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Six jobs for disabled residents would have been created if the planning application to build a cafe had been approved.
Dave Thompson, founder of Warrington Disability Partnership, backed the proposals at the Town Hall meeting last Wednesday.
He said: “There are 35,000 disabled people in Warrington.
“The Warrington Disability Partnership works very hard to find employment opportunities for these people.
“The developer approached us to find employees for that facility.
“We support this application.”
The application was rejected in a vote of three to one by the council’s development management committee.
It expressed concern the site was on greenbelt land, and that the cafe would not be used.
Clr Bob Barr (Lymm LD), Clr Sheila Woodyatt (Lymm CON) and Laurence Murphy (Stockton Heath LAB) voted against it.
Clr Jeff Richards (Bewsey and Whitecross LAB) voted in favour.
Developers said the cafe would be used by anglers, dog walkers and sports clubs at the reservoir.
They argued that despite being on greenbelt land, the new facility would encourage use of the reservoir and outdoor activity.
The single storey detached building would have featured toilets and wheelchair access.
It would have been built on land that previously formed part of the site of Daintith’s Farm.
Eight car parking spaces and provision for eight bikes would have been installed.
Objections were received from 18 neighbours, and Appleton Parish Council.
Concerns included a lack of car parking, noise, traffic and an increase in anti-social behaviour.
Clr Brian Axcell (Appleton LD) spoke against the application and said he was ‘astonished’ it was recommended for approval by planning officers.
He said: “The design of the cafe is inappropriate and will be damaging.
“The application is unacceptable.”
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