For immediate release: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Westminster Park Residents’ Association are urging the people of Chester to look at the plans for the proposed new housing development on Wrexham Road and send their comments to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The plans were lodged with the Council in June and can be viewed online or in hard copy at the Lache library. A number of responses have already been received, particularly in relation to the effect that this development will have on traffic in Chester and the surrounding area.
Pauline Brown, chair of Westminster Park Residents’ Association, commented, “A lot of people have still not woken up to the fact that this development will go ahead and it will have a huge impact on the traffic both south and north of the River Dee.
“This new estate will be almost twice the size of Westminster Park and the number of vehicle journeys that it is going to generate will be enormous. Quite apart from people commuting to work, in the early stages of development, while there is no school, shops or health centre on the estate, people will need to reach all of these facilities via the Wrexham Road on a daily basis.”
Westminster Park Residents’ Association is encouraging everyone to go and look at the plans and consider their own response. “We are all going to be affected by this development and now is the time to make CWaC aware of our views,” Mrs Brown added.
“As a community organisation, we are asking all Westminster Park residents to have a look at the plans over the next week and to come along to the Public Meeting that we are holding at Westminster Park Community Centre at 8pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017. We are keen to put forward a response to the Council that is representative of our residents’ views and hope that they come along in force.
“Although traffic impact is a big issue, there are also other aspects of these plans that people need to look at including how the development will affect the provision of education and healthcare in the area, how the drainage and ecology of the area will be managed and how the archaeological assets of the site will be conserved.”
Residents are also encouraged to put forward their own individual comments on the plans. The plans can be found on the Cheshire West and Chester website. There are two applications at present:
17/02453/OUT | Part A – (full permission) for 509 dwellings and associated infrastructure (including playing fields / open space); Part B – (outline permission – all matters reserved apart from access) for a local centre (comprising supermarket (Use Class A1); other shops (Use Class A1); cafe/restaurant (Use Class A3); public house (Use Class A4); health centre (Use Class D1); and nursery/creche (Use Class D1) plus an outdoor play area) and an element of a primary school with associated playing fields (Hybrid application) | Land At Wrexham Road Chester
17/02444/FUL | Construction of an ecological mitigation area for the translocation of great crested newts | Land Off Lache Lane Chester