PLANS to demolish several buildings and create 27 affordable homes near a high school in Cheshire West have been given the green light.
The Guinness partnership has asked Cheshire West and Chester Council for permission to bulldoze a depot building and cottage near Greenbank Lane near Hartford High School.
Proposals would then see a mix of eight three-bedroom houses, seven two-bedroom houses and 12 one-bedroom houses built on the site.
A design and access statement, prepared by Green Square Architecture on behalf of applicants, states: “The proposed project responds to the surrounding context and overcomes any view issues from surrounding buildings.
“It will also enhance the existing street scene. Architecturally, the proposed design retains a traditional form and evokes a domestic scale appearance appropriate to the surrounding vernacular.
“This proposal also includes the demolition of the existing single-storey light building which does not match the surrounding context.
“This app provides much-needed affordable housing.”
The plans also include provisions for 42 parking spaces.
In his report, a council officer said the old depot building had been used for maintenance of CWAC vehicles.
She added: “The redevelopment of a previously developed site within the boundaries of a settlement represents a
acceptable form of development.
“Part of the site extends beyond the limits of the settlement, but it has been sufficiently demonstrated that the damage caused by development of the land in the countryside would be outweighed by the significant social benefits.
“This includes the provision of 27 affordable housing units, designed to meet an identified local need, that the development would provide, as well as the site’s proximity and relationship to Hartford.
“The proposals would not result in significant damage to protected species, road safety, drainage, trees or residential amenities (subject to conditions).
“So they are considered acceptable.”
Approval of the plans was granted on February 23. For details, search 19/02804/FUL on the council’s online planning portal.