Gladman public exhibition in Wistaston, April 19 2013

Another controversial housing scheme near Nantwich is to go to public inquiry after it was kicked out by Cheshire East planners.

Gladman’s proposal for 300 homes on land at “Witter’s Fields” in Wistaston was rejected after scores of objections were lodged.

Now it is confirmed the company have lodged an appeal and the Government-appointed Planning Inspectorate is likely to stage a public inquiry.

It follows a similar inquiry held over four days last month into the plans by Muller Homes to build the first phase of 1,100 homes on land in Stapeley, Nantwich.

Objections to the Gladman proposal included the increase in traffic to the Middlewich Road and Church Lane areas along with the remainder of Wistaston, and the reduction in open space and recreation areas.

Other residents objected over the impact on places in existing local primary schools such as Wistaston Church Lane Primary School, and the lack of a secondary school on the plans with local secondary schools already at capacity.

The impact on existing local health facilities and the general blight of an urban expanse in a rural setting were also raised.

Cheshire East Council planners have written to hundreds of residents in Wistaston informing them of the public inquiry, lodged from February 26.

This means residents have until April 9 to write in to the Planning Inspectorate to make the views known.

You can write to the Secretary, Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS16PN.

(Pic: Gladman stage “Witter’s Field” public exhibition at Wistaston last year)

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