Councillors grant outline planning permission for 103 homes on the site of Beeston Cattle Market

3 March 2014

Cheshire West and Chester Councillors have granted outline planning permission for 103 homes and a shop to be built on the site of Beeston Cattle Market, Chester.
Thursday’s Strategic Planning Committee voted by seven for and two against to approve the scheme by applicants Wright Manley and Steppingstone Building Developments Limited.
Twenty per cent of the homes on site would be affordable with a clawback mechanism providing a commuted sum to the equivalent of 35 percent.
Local Councillor Mike Jones told members that an earlier decision to give approval for twenty homes on the same site should not set a precedent and asked that the application should be refused:
He said: “It is a major scheme and it is over 100 percent the size of Beeston, so this is a dramatic change to the rural area
“And indeed the comments I have received is that there is a strong feeling from members of the community that this is a village in its own right.” Councillor Alex Tate added: “I commend the use of a brownfield site but it has got to be sustainable.
“Just think how are people going to get to and from the schools, to and from the shops, to and from employment. It is an isolated community.” However Councillor Norman Wright said: “I actually welcome this proposition.
“The site will become derelict and will become an eyesore in the beautiful landscape that surrounds the area.” Councillor Margaret Parker agreed and proposed approval: “In our draft Local Plan we have stated that we wish to use brownfield sites when they are available.
“This is a brownfield site, and as Councillor Wright said, this would become an eyesore, so I am minded to go with approval.”  

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