Dis­may at plan to build houses near in­cin­er­a­tor

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @oliv­er­clayRWWN

ABID to build 144 houses op­po­site the UK’s largest waste in­cin­er­a­tor has sparked dis­blief among res­i­dents in Run­corn.

Gleeson Homes has now filed plans to de­velop land in­clud­ing fields at Pav­il­ions on Sandy Lane in Weston Point.

The Weekly News re­ported three weeks ago that the Sh­effield-based de­vel­oper had been can­vass­ing pub­lic opin­ion and post­ing fly­ers about the pro­pos­als and the de­vel­oper has now lodged a full ap­pli­ca­tion.

As part of its neigh­bour­hood en­gage­ment state­ment, com­piled from can­vass­ing car­ried out by Liver­pool-based In­flu­en­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tions, the firm has pub­lished a list of re­sponses from res­i­dents, some of whom warned the com­pany to take into ac­count the site’s prox­im­ity to heavy in­dus­try.

One per­son said the area is ‘sur­rounded by chem­i­cal works’ and the res­i­dents suf­fer from liv­ing with smells, noise, steam, dust, flies and other is­sues.

An­other urged Gleeson to re­alise the land is ‘ sec­onds away from Europe’s largest en­ergy-from-waste in­cin­er­a­tor’.

They also told the firm to con­sider how park­ing would be pro­vided for fans vis­it­ing to watch Run­corn Town FC.

A mo­torist from the area said Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil had re­fused it per­mis­sion to build a drive­way on their front gar­den be­cause it was classed as greenspace so it ‘begged the ques­tion’ how they could re­ceive per­mis­sion to build houses on fields.

Con­cerns about in­creased traf­fic and the loss of pri­vacy were also re­ported.

Gleeson Homes has said Run­corn Town Foot­ball Club’s pitch and two bowl­ing greens will spared the axe un­der a lease agree­ment it the plans go ahead.

It said these fa­cil­i­ties will be im­proved as part of the de­vel­op­ment pro­ject.

A de­sign state­ment sub­mit­ted with the plans said the res­i­den­tial site cov­ers 11.42 acres but the full site in­clud­ing the sports fa­cil­i­ties mea­sures 16.48 acres in size.

The pro­posed prop­er­ties will be a mix of two, three and four-bed ter­raced, semi-de­tached and de­tached hous­ing.

Pav­il­ions is ac­cessed from Sandy Lane in Weston Point and has a long bor­der with Pi­cow Farm Road, on the other side of which stands the Viri­dor-op­er­ated en­ergy-from-waste in­cin­er­a­tor.

An air qual­ity as­sess­ment said ni­tro­gen diox­ide air pol­lu­tion lev­els are within the le­gal 40 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre.

It said wind di­rec­tion is pri­mar­ily from the North West head­ing in­land.

Res­i­dents’ re­ac­tion has been mixed with some re­lieved that ru­mours that the land could be turned into an in­cin­er­a­tor lorry park ap­pear to have been un­founded.

Pav­il­ions, which pro­motes it­self on its web­site as ‘Run­corn’s num­ber one venue’, has a ball­room, lounge, bar, Weston Room func­tion room and can host wed­dings.

Neigh­bour­hood groups and sports clubs also use the fa­cil­i­ties.

One of the res­i­dents who com­mented on the pro­pos­als said: “I think it is crazy to build so near to the Ineos in­cin­er­a­tor which we have against.

“My home has lost about £20,000 in value since the in­cin­er­a­tor has been built.

“Your new homes on the site of the old ICI Rec couldn’t be nearer to this mon­stros­ity.”

Gleeson said it has con­sid­ered all of the fac­tors in draw­ing up the pro­pos­als.

In the con­clu­sion to its de­sign state­ment it said: “Whilst re­lat­ing to its en­vi­ron­ment with care and re­spon­sive­ness to the cir­cum­stances to be found around its bound­aries, this de­vel­op­ment makes max­i­mum use of the site in all cam­paigned ● terms of de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial and ar­chi­tec­tural form.”

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is open un­til October 19 with Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil aim­ing to de­cide the mat­ter by De­cem­ber 26.

Pav­il­ions on Sandy Lane in Run­corn

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