Plans filed to build nearly 400 homes on Cheshire farmland

Plans have been filed for a 398-home development on the outskirts of Congleton. Castle Green Homes wants to build the properties on four plots of land at Mount Pleasant Farm, Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield.

The application includes the demolition of some buildings on the site, although the existing farmhouse will be retained and incorporated into the proposed development. The program also includes green spaces, landscape and biodiversity elements, play and leisure areas for children, car parks and associated infrastructure.

A planning document submitted to Cheshire East Council with the application states: ‘The proposed development would comprise the development of four plots to be known as plots A, B, C and D. Plot A would be located west of Viking Way next to the Danish river.

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“Plot B would be located in the eastern part of the site immediately east of Viking Way and south of the Congleton Link road (A536) and would extend to the western boundary of the field on site at Hulme Wafield Local Wildlife Site (LWS Plot C would be located immediately east of the LWS and south of the Congleton Link road (A536).

“Plot D would be located south of Congleton Link Road (A536) and west of Giantswood Lane.”

Plot A would have 175 houses, Plot B 115, Plot C 45 and Plot D 63. Out of a total of 398, four properties would have one bedroom, 80 would have two beds, 209 would have three beds and 105 would have four bedrooms. All properties would be two storeys.

The document states: “A total of 85 (21%) of the residential units would be affordable houses which would be a mix of one and two bed maisonettes and one, two and three bed houses. This would include both social rent and intermediate housing. According to the request, the existing woodland in the eastern part of the site adjacent to plots C and D would be retained.

A green corridor is proposed in the center of plots A and B, following the alignment of the existing watercourse and extending southwest through Viking Way. A trail link is proposed through the southern section of this corridor in Parcel A, connecting the houses to Viking Way, the proposed playground and the Dane Valley Corridor.

The application, number 22/1930C, can be viewed on the planning portal of the Cheshire East website. The deadline for submitting comments is July 14 and the application is expected to be considered by the strategic planning board on August 24, according to the board’s website.

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