WORK to build 370 homes in Appleton will begin later this year after planning chiefs gave the scheme the green light.

The Homes and Communities Agency, which has been replaced by Homes England, had proposals for three projects approved in 2017.

Outline applications for 180 properties on land in Stretton, as well as 370 homes at Appleton Cross and 400 homes in Grappenhall Heys, were passed.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes – both part of Barratt Developments Plc – were selected by Homes England to build the properties in Appleton, on land bounded Dipping Brook Avenue and Green Lane.

A reserved matters application for the project came before the development management committee at the Town Hall on Wednesday.

A total of 111 properties will be affordable units.

The reserved matters part of the planning process requires the applicant to submit detailed proposals over the scale, layout, access and appearance of the development.

Andrew Taylor, planning director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, said the ecological value of the site will be ‘protected and enhanced’.

He also told councillors there will be a ‘significant increase’ in pond features at the site.

“If approved, construction of the new homes will commence later this year,” he added.

Cllr Sharon Harris (LD – Appleton) had objected to the proposals following fears over the ‘inadequacy’ of the Cat and Lion pub junction and insufficient car parking provision.

The council’s highways team confirmed it is working with Homes England and developers to finalise a scheme which will deliver improvements at the junction.

The outline planning permission for Appleton Cross includes a neighbourhood centre comprising a retail store, health centre and a place of worship.

The reserved matters application was approved, subject to conditions.