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Scheme to build 600 new homes in Trafford given the green light

A scheme to build 600 new homes in Greater Manchester is set to go ahead.

Galliford Try Partnerships and Trafford Housing Trust have been given permission to develop 600 new homes in Partington.

Trafford Council Planning Committee unanimously approved the application for the new homes at Heath Farm Lane in Partington on the brownfield site of a former National Grid storage facility.

The first two phases of development will see 148 homes built under the Linden Homes and Laurus Homes brands, half of which will be delivered for much needed affordable housing.

The development has been designed to deliver a range of properties and will incorporate units ranging from two to four-bedroom dwellings including apartments and family homes.

Of the 600 homes to be built on the site, at least 100 will be delivered for affordable housing.

The plans will also see the creation of public open space, providing future residents and locals quality amenity and recreational space.

Footpaths will be created across the scheme allowing access through a previously closed off area.

Galliford Try Partnerships and Trafford Housing Trust will help fund improvements to local sports and recreation facilities.

Brendan Blythe, Galliford Try Partnerships managing director, said: “We are delighted that the Heath Farm Lane scheme has secured planning consent.

“We have worked incredibly hard with the local community to bring forward a new neighbourhood which will transform a disused brownfield site and create new homes to enhance the community of Partington.”

Graeme Scott, Trafford Housing Trust’s Development Director, said: “As one of the largest housing providers in the North West we are passionate about helping our customers to find a home that’s right for them.

“The Heath Farm Lane development will deliver 100 affordable homes and a mix of house types very much needed in the Partington area.”

Work is expected to start on the development later this year.

By Michael Ribbeck

Source: The Business Desk

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Controversial plans for 200 homes in Crossford to be approved

CROSSFORD Community Council is “bitterly disappointed” as plans to build 200 new homes in the village are expected to be approved.

The Stewart Milne Group appealed to the Scottish Government last year after Fife Council rejected their proposal to build on land south of Pitconnochie Farm in September.

Villagers feared Crossford would merge to the west with neighbouring Cairneyhill if the development was approved, with the last application being met with 139 letters of objection before it was rejected by the west planning committee.

Others highlighted the impact on capacity at Crossford Primary School, flooding risks, increase in traffic, road safety, loss of green space and the land not being allocated for housing in the local development plan.

However, planning permission in principle is now likely to be granted by a government reporter.

Joyce Matson, chair of the community council, said: “We’re bitterly disappointed.

“We don’t think it should happen and we’ve been fighting against this for years.

“It will greatly reduce the space between Crossford and Cairneyhill.

“We’re very disappointed that planning permission is now going to be given.”

The reporter assigned to the proposal, Rob Huntley, gave his notice of intention – subject to conditions – last week.

He said: “Notwithstanding that FIFEplan policies 7 and 8 seek generally to resist development in countryside areas, bearing in mind the proposed development would contribute to the alleviation of a significant shortfall in the housing land supply required by approved and adopted policy, I conclude that the appeal proposal accords overall with the provisions of the development plan.

“The appeal proposal would contribute to sustainable development as sought by Scottish planning policy.

“The granting of planning permission is therefore appropriate subject to conditions and following the putting in place of a planning obligation restricting or regulating the development or use of the land in order to: a) secure the provision of affordable housing as part of the development; b) ensure that appropriate financial contributions are made towards the enhancement of local education provision; and c) secure the implementation of highway- and transportation-related improvements related to and made necessary by the development.”

Councillor Dave Dempsey, Conservative group leader, says residents have been let down.

He said: “Last Autumn, Fife Council’s west planning committee turned down an application for housing to the west of Crossford. The developer took this to appeal and the reporter appointed by the Scottish ministers has now decided to grant that appeal, largely on the back of the SESplan numbers.

“That would make sense, except a new version, SESplan2, has been produced, with a much lower figure for the number of houses required. The councillors’ decision took account of that. SESplan2 is the up-to-date document. However, it’s been sitting in a Holyrood minister’s in-tray since last October, so the reporter is free to use out-of-date numbers on the grounds that ‘Ministers may approve SESplan2, with or without modifications, or may reject it’.

“The minister can accept or reject SESplan2. He (it is a he) has that power. Once he makes his mind up, we’ll know where we stand. If he accepts the new figures, the residents of Crossford will know that the housing they rejected went through on the basis of out-of-date data because a Holyrood minister sat on a report. They deserve better.”

Source: Dunfermline Press

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New homes plan at former Holywell hospital site looks set to be given the go ahead

Almost 30 new homes look set to be created both in and around a derelict hospital.

Proposals to transform the infirmary wing of the former Lluesty Hospital in Holywell into 14 apartments have been recommended for approval.

If the move is ratified by politicians next week, 15 new houses would also be built on the surrounding land.

The building been out of use since the new Holywell Community Hospital opened in 2008.

It was originally constructed as a workhouse in the late 1830s before becoming a hospital in 1948.

Planning officials in Flintshire have given the scheme their backing, stating that it will secure the long term future of the Grade II listed property.

In a report, Andrew Farrow, the local authority’s chief planning officer, said: “The site has been vacant since the hospital closed and has fallen into disrepair prior to purchase.

“The application site consists of part of the former Lluesty Hospital and contains the Edwardian infirmary wing of the former hospital and two air raid shelters together with associated roads and car parking.

“It is a previously developed site and the proposal seeks to regenerate a highly visible large derelict building which is part of the curtilage listing of the wider site.

“The development therefore meets the aims of Planning Policy Wales and would make a significant contribution to the housing land supply.

“As the scheme removes buildings within the site of lesser architectural merit and preserves the bespoke architectural character of the curtilage building in association with the adjacent listed buildings and their setting, it is considered that the principle of the proposal is acceptable.”

The application is separate to the existing planning permission granted for 89 homes on another area of the site in 2016.

According to the company behind the proposals, WW Construction Limited, the infirmary wing is now separately owned.

No objections have been received in response to the proposals.

Mr Farrow has recommended the plans for approval subject to the firm entering a legal agreement to pay more than £12,000 towards improving the play area at Fron Park in Holywell.

Meanwhile, a similar sum would need to be given to enhanced facilities at Holway Play Area in the town.

The development will be considered by Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, 3 April.

By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter 

Source: Deeside