Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Work to start as 48-home plan given green light


BUILDING work is set to begin on greenfield land in Runcorn after plans for 48 new houses were given the go-ahead.

Planning chiefs rubber-stamped proposals by Bloor Homes to construct the three and four bedroom properties on the site opposite Stalbridge Drive in Sandymoor.

The land is designated by Halton Council as green space, but had been earmarked for housing in its local plan - a document which councils produce to outline their future planning strategy.

The new houses will be part of a wider Bloor Homes estate which is already taking shape in the area.

Addressing the council’s developmen­t management committee at Runcorn Town Hall, Bernadette Tarry, clerk of Sandymoor Parish Council, raised concerns over proposed new vehicle and emergency access to the estate, as well as existing boundary infrastruc­ture being left intact.

She said: “Can you please confirm that there will be no vehicular access from Stalbridge Drive, even emergency access, as the Swan’s Reach developmen­t has a lot of residentia­l vehicles already using the narrow streets and could not cope with any additional vehicles.

“The second (issue) is the emergency access onto the site from Keckwick Lane.

“Keckwick Lane is a very narrow road with poor visibility both ways, although we can see the advantages of having an emergency access point there, we are concerned about the vehicles, cycles and pedestrian­s using the road with the poor visibility at that point, and possibilit­y of large emergency vehicles. This could be a collision point.

“The third and final point is that the hedging and fencing which is up at the edge of the developmen­t, this does not appear on the plans from the developer.

“As far as the natural screening from Swan’s Reach, might I ask that this remain or be replanted by the developers?”

Planning officers told the meeting there was no intention to provide vehicular access via Stalbridge Drive, and emergency access would only be for emergency vehicles and essential works, adding that controls would be introduced to ensure it did not become a ‘rat run’.

They added that landscapin­g issues could be picked up with the developer.

A report to the committee said funding from the developer could be used to offset the loss of green space by supporting local infrastruc­ture projects.

 ?? Google ?? ● The land in Sandymoor where 48 new homes are to be built
Google ● The land in Sandymoor where 48 new homes are to be built

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