Nantwich residents were given the chance to discuss plans by Reaseheath College to sell off land for a 1,100-home estate, shops and new school.

The proposals for the 64-acre plot between the A51 and Welshman’s Lane could net the college up to £20 milllion.

Bosses there say this would help pay for new student accommodation on its campus.

There are two other plots on the site which in total covers 162 acres. It’s believed the two other landowners are also willing to sell.

Residents invited to a public exhibition at Reaseheath’s campus heard how plans include a new primary school, retail area, medical centre and a new bypass away from the A51.

Designers Mosaic Estates have drafted the plans for the college.

Principal Meredydd David said a £50 million scheme in 2007 had to be pulled as the government’s cash ran out.

The land sale will pay for a 150-room residential complex to accommodate some of the 8,000 students who would otherwise have to live in the town.

Other improvements include a sustainable horticultural centre, a social hub and a training resource.

A new leisure centre, which would be open to the public, is also planned and work would be carried out alongside the Riverside area.

Reaction was mixed, with some believing it will benefit trade in the town by increasing custom, while other fears it will put too much pressure on local infrastructure.

A second consultation event is planned next month, with detailed plans expected to be submitted to Cheshire East Council later in 2012.

One Comment

  1. The statement ‘it’s believed the two other landowners are also willing to sell’ seems strange to me. Why is this believed? Where is the evidence? Are they or are they not? Surely a journalist who pens such material should be fully aware of the situation. Perhaps whoever wrote this should interview the parties concerned and find out the truth, rather than make statements based on assumption!

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