PLANS for more than 150 homes next to a primary school have been approved by Warrington Borough Council.

Developer Redrow Homes had applied for planning permission to construct a total of 158 houses on 14.5 acres of land bounded by Lingley Green Avenue and Sophia Drive, south of Barrow Hall Primary School.

The scheme will see a mixture large detached homes plus two and three-bedroom semi-detached homes built on the land at Omega.

Resident Martyn Adamson had objected to the development due to concerns that ‘large areas of existing trees’ would be felled on the site.

In his objection, he said: “Residential amenity will be substantially affected by the loss of the tree screening to Lingley Green Avenue and Omega Boulevard, which residents were misled into believing would be retained.

“With good design it is perfectly possible to retain at least some of the trees and the hedgerow on either side of the footpath from Lingley Green Avenue to the school with no loss of value to Omega Warrington Limited.”

The 158-home scheme forms part of an overall plan to build 1,100 houses at Omega, outline planning permission for which has been granted previously.

A supermarket, care home and a hotel are also earmarked to be constructed in the area.