Final approval for 15 year development plan in Warrington

New homes are earmarked for the neighbouring Omega South development

New homes are earmarked for the neighbouring Omega South development

First published in News

THE council’s plans for development across the town over the next 15 years are set to be finally approved next month.


Warrington Borough Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy has been declared ‘sound’ by the Government appointed planning inspector after being submitted in September 2012.


A number of changes from the initial proposal have been brought in following inspector recommendations and changes also include 1,000 homes being earmarked for Omega and the deletion of a policy which identified land at Appleton, Grappenhall Heys, Peel Hall and Pewterspear Green for houses.


Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council said: “This is great news for our town and another landmark step forward. This document provides a robust plan that will shape and protect the way in which our town evolves and develops over the coming decades.


“Importantly it will also support our ambitions for the growth of our town set out in our growth framework Warrington Means Business.”


The document will go to full council on July 21 and to view it visit warrington.gov.uk.

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8:44am Wed 11 Jun 14

WInwick Pig says...

Whilst I am sure most, if not all of us will welcome the news of investment and future growth of our town what are the chances WBC have considered the impact upon our transport infrastructure and roads?
Omega has already missed the opportunity to have its own motorway junction, instead deciding to use the already busy Junction 8 on to the packed M62, which if you recall was installed to relieve Winwick road traffic trying to get to the Gemeni retail park.
Its not as if this traffic has magically disappeared, thousands of cars still use the junction every day, any more building work isnt really going to help ease the problem.
Winwick road itself from Junction 9 is now just as busy as it was before Junction 8 was built and with development work continuing on the old Fordton site and the Alban retail park this area too is not going to get any quieter.

Am I mistaken that somewhere on this website hidden away behind the plethora of adverts there was recently an article that invited us to put forward our suggestions about the roads, and maybe even go to a meeting? I did look but could not find it. Maybe I dreamed it?

Wouldn't it be amazing if WBC had the foresight to bring these two things together and understood the concerns of the people of Warrington about traffic congestion, considered what could be done to relieve the current state and then even went further and considered what the impact of more development could be before they decided to build 1000 new houses or expand Omega?
Then consider impact of new Mersey crossing as a toll, the swing bridges over the ship canal during rush hour, and the six and a half million traffic lights (not exact) across our fair, Red, Amber and Green township.

What a logical approach that would be.

We all want our town to do well, grow and be successful but you can't have a slice of cake if you can't get to the party!

Come on WBC show us that you are putting these things together prooperly and not with double sided sticky tape and a used toilet roll and you will hear the cacophony of approval and applause from the thousands of stationary commuters who every day wait, and wait, and wait, for something to be done.


Oink :@)
Whilst I am sure most, if not all of us will welcome the news of investment and future growth of our town what are the chances WBC have considered the impact upon our transport infrastructure and roads? Omega has already missed the opportunity to have its own motorway junction, instead deciding to use the already busy Junction 8 on to the packed M62, which if you recall was installed to relieve Winwick road traffic trying to get to the Gemeni retail park. Its not as if this traffic has magically disappeared, thousands of cars still use the junction every day, any more building work isnt really going to help ease the problem. Winwick road itself from Junction 9 is now just as busy as it was before Junction 8 was built and with development work continuing on the old Fordton site and the Alban retail park this area too is not going to get any quieter. Am I mistaken that somewhere on this website hidden away behind the plethora of adverts there was recently an article that invited us to put forward our suggestions about the roads, and maybe even go to a meeting? I did look but could not find it. Maybe I dreamed it? Wouldn't it be amazing if WBC had the foresight to bring these two things together and understood the concerns of the people of Warrington about traffic congestion, considered what could be done to relieve the current state and then even went further and considered what the impact of more development could be before they decided to build 1000 new houses or expand Omega? Then consider impact of new Mersey crossing as a toll, the swing bridges over the ship canal during rush hour, and the six and a half million traffic lights (not exact) across our fair, Red, Amber and Green township. What a logical approach that would be. We all want our town to do well, grow and be successful but you can't have a slice of cake if you can't get to the party! Come on WBC show us that you are putting these things together prooperly and not with double sided sticky tape and a used toilet roll and you will hear the cacophony of approval and applause from the thousands of stationary commuters who every day wait, and wait, and wait, for something to be done. Oink :@) WInwick Pig
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10:52am Wed 11 Jun 14

MikeJT says...

Junction 8 was NOT built to alleviate traffic going to Gemini, it was planned many mnay years in advance for when Burtonwood Air Base was decommissioned. That said, I fully trust that WBC will have given the traffic situation their best consideration and that any decision will be based on what they think is in the public interest and that................
..............they will have cocked it up again.

At this moment in time I am not too concerned though. The 2030 plan for Warrington was a long-term thought through plan with a clear strategy............
.......which a couple of years after being unveiled is already being ripped up by the developers for a "much better plan"

Im sure this plan will change significantly by the time the NEXT world cup comes around.
Junction 8 was NOT built to alleviate traffic going to Gemini, it was planned many mnay years in advance for when Burtonwood Air Base was decommissioned. That said, I fully trust that WBC will have given the traffic situation their best consideration and that any decision will be based on what they think is in the public interest and that................ ..............they will have cocked it up again. At this moment in time I am not too concerned though. The 2030 plan for Warrington was a long-term thought through plan with a clear strategy............ .......which a couple of years after being unveiled is already being ripped up by the developers for a "much better plan" Im sure this plan will change significantly by the time the NEXT world cup comes around. MikeJT
  • Score: 2

11:03am Wed 11 Jun 14

Penketh Pony says...

Yes, Developers are only complaining because sites they had a monetary interest in getting planning permission for have been removed from the plan by the inspector and upheld as Green Belt (Peel Hall etc), therefore making the process of obtaining consent virtually impossible.

Which is good for us residents, right?
Yes, Developers are only complaining because sites they had a monetary interest in getting planning permission for have been removed from the plan by the inspector and upheld as Green Belt (Peel Hall etc), therefore making the process of obtaining consent virtually impossible. Which is good for us residents, right? Penketh Pony
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

motorhead2009 says...

does this mean they will be demolishing more historic buildings and continuing to build empty office spaces ?

i have no faith in wbc's development plans becuase lets be frank, since the inception of warrington new town all they have managed to do is wipe "old" warrington from the face of the map replacing it with a hotch potch of bland nothingness whilst creating traffic problems into the process.
does this mean they will be demolishing more historic buildings and continuing to build empty office spaces ? i have no faith in wbc's development plans becuase lets be frank, since the inception of warrington new town all they have managed to do is wipe "old" warrington from the face of the map replacing it with a hotch potch of bland nothingness whilst creating traffic problems into the process. motorhead2009
  • Score: 4

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