COUNCILLORS look set to approve plans to build 27 new homes on farmland bordering the M62.

Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee is due to decide on whether plans for the housing estate off Mill Lane in Houghton Green can proceed during a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 12.

Members, who are recommended to approve the scheme, were previously set to rule on the proposals in November.

But the committee instead deferred on making a decision pending further information on the scheme, including pollution and noise data for the site – which is sandwiched between the motorway and Peel Hall, where plans for 1,200 new homes were approved late last year after an appeal to the Secretary of State.

Surrey-based developer L2 Property Ltd's plans comprise of 15 three-storey townhouses and 12 two-storey demi-detached homes, with a similar proposal having been scrapped in February 2021.

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How the development could look

Previously home to White House Farm, the site was cleared in the 1970s in order to make way for the motorway.

Scores of objections, including from ward councillors and Winwick Parish Council, have been lodged against the application by members of the public.

Villagers have raised concerns over what has been dubbed the ‘Fortress Development’ due to its proximity to the motorway and a major high pressure gas pipe, with worries over air and noise pollution.

They also say the nature of the homes will ‘destroy the character of the village’ and result in an increase in traffic.

The committee meeting begins at 6pm.