IT may only be one month old but 2024 has been big already for planning.

New plans for thousands of homes have been announced.

While hundreds of new builds have been approved.

Here is a round up of 6 of the plans which made the biggest headlines in January

Huge development planned in Winwick

COUNCILLORS have given their approval to build a large new housing estate on green fields on the outskirts of a village.

This is despite the scheme receiving almost as many objections as dwellings that are set to be built.

Warrington Borough Council’s planning development committee met at the Town Hall to decide on the plans for land off Golborne Road in Winwick.

Warrington Guardian:

Applicant Bellway Homes sought planning permission to build a residential development of 154 dwellings, as well as associated areas of open space, access, car parking, landscaping and ancillary works.

Originally, the plans were to build 163 homes, but plans have since been amended and downgraded by nine.

Manchester Road homes refused

WARRINGTON Borough Council has thrown out plans for two new houses to be built along a busy road near the town centre.

Proposals were submitted to planners at the town hall in January 2023, and a decision has been made that will disappoint the developers.

According to the council, the proposals for the land off Manchester Road are unsuitable for a number of reasons.

Warrington Guardian:

As it stands, the land is home to two billboards near the town's Sainsbury's supermarket.

The proposals were for a development of two semi-detached houses, both of which would have three bedrooms, and the development would have created three car parking spaces.

However, the application has been refused by Warrington Borough Council.

Owners thrilled by cafe plans

OWNERS of a popular farm say they are ‘thrilled’ at news that plans to extend its café have been given the go-ahead.

Planners at Warrington Borough Council have granted planning permission to Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft.

The business submitted a planning proposal to the council in June, seeking permission for the expansion of the farm's cafe.

Warrington Guardian:

This was given the green light recently, with Kenyon Hall stating that work will hopefully begin next month.

In a statement, owners said: “Huge news from the Kenyon Hall Café.

“We are thrilled to announce we have been granted planning permission to extend our café.

Hundreds of homes planned for uni site

A DEVELOPER has unveiled plans to bulldoze a former university campus in Warrington and build 400 homes.

David Wilson Homes says it is ‘delighted and proud’ to announce its intention for a new housing estate at the University of Chester’s former Padgate Campus, off Crab Lane.

The university closed the site in 2021 after the decision was taken to relocate facilities to a newer site in Warrington town centre.

Warrington Guardian: Chester University will form part of the Wolves centre of excellence

Plans were being ‘finalised’ in August last year as work began to clear out accommodation quarters, with the deserted site put up for sale back in April 2022.

The only part of the site still being used is the sports facilities for Warrington Wolves which uses the site as its training base.

Village homes approved

PERMISSION has been granted to build new homes on a farm site on the outskirts of a Warrington village.

To make way for the houses on land at Mount Pleasant Farm, on Glazebrook Lane near Hollins Green, some redundant buildings will need to be demolished.

Warrington Guardian:

Applicant Edgefold Homes sought approval for the demolition of existing buildings and erection of eight dwellings, along with associated access, landscaping and infrastructure.

Now, consent has been given by Warrington Borough Council’s planning department to power on with the plans.

800 homes could be built on former power station

PLANS for 860 homes on the site of Fiddlers Ferry have been revealed.

The homes come as part of the redevelopment of the land – which is one of the largest brownfield sites in the region.

Developers say the area is suffering from a shortage of all types of homes, with many stuck on the housing waiting list or paying too much for their rent or mortgage.

Warrington Guardian: The Fiddlers Ferry power station site

They say that by delivering 860 new homes, the development can help to give people the opportunity to enjoy the security of their home.

And 30 per cent of them will be available via a variety of affordable schemes such as social rent, shared ownership, and affordable rent.

Four of the cooling towers at Fiddler's Ferry were demolished in December as part of the redevelopment plans, with the blowdown date for the rest still to be confirmed but likely to be 2025.