PLANNING chiefs have deferred a decision on proposals for 180 homes in Stretton.

The Homes and Communities Agency, which has been replaced by Homes England, had plans for three housing schemes approved last year.

Outline plans for 180 properties on land in Stretton, bounded by Pewterspear Green Road and Stretton Road, as well as 370 homes at Appleton Cross and 400 homes in Grappenhall Heys were passed.

The Pewterspear site was purchased by Barratt Developments in March this year, with a reserved matters planning application submitted to the authority in April.

It came before the development management committee at the Town Hall on Wednesday.

It was recommended for approval, subject to conditions, but a decision has been pushed back.

Committee chairman Cllr Tony McCarthy said: “There are issues on the section 106 agreements attached to this application that we wish to continue to discuss.

“So, I would recommend we defer this to allow that time with the officers to discuss it in detail and bring it back to the next meeting when we have more details.”

Cllr Joan Grime added: “I also want to say that we have asked for much more detailed plans and information when it comes up again – and officers have agreed to that.”

In a planning statement in the committee meeting documents, council officers confirmed around £110,000 would be required to ‘enhance’ the bus service number eight, as well as £10,000 to provide two bus shelters and associated hardstanding on Stretton Road.

They added: “As part of the outline permission to help reduce the reliance on car trips, it was agreed for the developer to enter into a section 106 agreement to provide funding to enhance sustainable transport measures in the area of the scheme.

“Subject to these measures, there is considered to be no justification to secure further junction improvements or other transport infrastructure as part of the Pewterspear Green Road proposals.

“These agreed measures would be in addition to those secured by the outline planning permissions now given at Grappenhall Heys and Appleton Cross.

“The possible inclusion of a new formal lay-by at St Matthew’s Primary School, near the Stretton Road frontage, would not be an attractive or practical feature and, in any event, was not secured as a section 106 planning obligation.”