5 August 2015
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Planning Committee last night unanimously approved outline permission for up to ninety new homes on green belt land, following planning work from WYG for NHS Property Services Ltd.
The much needed new homes will be located to the north of the Countess of Chester Hospital and next to a country park.
WYG’s Manchester planning team successfully argued that that the land was surplus to requirements for health uses and that the new buildings would have no greater impact on the openness of the green belt.
WYG also tackled a number of other challenges posed by the application, providing a full range of multi-disciplinary services on the project, including masterplanning, ecology, heritage, landscape and community consultation. The team ensured that the designs are sensitive to a listed water tower on the site – the scheme is designed around the tower. The scheme also incorporates sustainable drainage systems, and complies with a development brief for the wider area.
Mike O’Brien, WYG Associate Director, who led the planning work, said: “This was a challenging application on a site with a number of constraints so we are very proud to have secured permission for these much needed homes.”
David Esltob, Acquisitions and Disposals Manager at NHS Property Services Ltd, said: “We’re delighted that the Council has approved our proposals that will enable us to progress the sale of this surplus site. WYG’s hard work and creative thinking were integral to securing approval for this scheme.”
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