Planning permission in Parkgate denied after appeal

An appeal against the decision by Cheshire West and Chester Council to refuse planning permission on a Green Belt site near Old Quay Close in Parkgate has been dismissed by The Planning Inspectorate.

The appeal by Wirral Methodist Housing Association, to be allowed to erect 10 shared ownership affordable bungalows on the site, has been rejected on the grounds that the proposals for access and the traffic management arrangements created highway safety problems.

Additionally the application lacked appropriate consultation with the local authorities to ensure that it addressed a real need for the housing proposed.

A spokesperson for the local residents said: “The Statement of Case submitted by the Association contained numerous factual errors all of which, conveniently, strengthened their case.

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"We are very pleased that the Inspector has appreciated the validity of the points we have raised. The Planning Inspectorate last reviewed this site in 1987 and came to the same conclusion; it is Green Belt land and should retain that status.

"The original application was a naked attempt to capture planning gain rather than a quality solution to a clearly identified housing need. The money the Association has wasted on this matter and the damage to their reputation should be the focus of an investigation by their Board and the employees responsible held to account.”

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