Nantwich Town Overlay, size of Hack Green travellers site plan

Campaigners are urging residents to back their fight to stop a former RAF camp near Nantwich turned into a large-scale site for travellers.

The call for help comes as the Hack Green plans were re-classified as a “major development” by Cheshire East Council, the size of Nantwich town centre (pictured).

The plan is to turn the site off Coole Lane into nine yards for 10 showpeople families to live, and store and maintain their equipment.

But it has been met with fierce opposition from neighbours and others who believe the number of residents living on the site would dwarf the exiting community of just 60 residents.

Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition against the proposals, while scores of objection letters have already been submitted.

The camp became disused in the early 1970s and is home to an array of wildlife, trees, flora and fauna.

Campaigners say the applicant is seeking to destroy much of this to house what campaigners fear would become an industrial estate on their doorsteps, equivalent to the size of Nantwich town centre.

The hearing was due to take place last month but has now been put back to September 24.

Campaigner Reuben Davies said: “We have been encouraged by the support shown by the local community who, like us, recognise the totally unsuitable nature of this proposal and we would urge anyone who hasn’t already done so to write a letter to the council.

“It is telling that in a number of areas the applicant has made either inaccurate, misleading or absent statements about the site.

“For example, the highways department has requested further information, as the applicant has made no mention of the inevitable heavy goods traffic this development would bring, which is totally unsuitable and unsustainable not just Coole Lane, but Nantwich as a whole.

“We have looked at this application in great detail since it was submitted and believe we have an extremely strong case for refusal, in particular the applicant’s inability to demonstrate there is a need for this type of site in South Cheshire.”

In a statement, Janet Montgomery, of the applicant’s agent Brimble, Lea & Partners, said: “I am confident this group will integrate well with the local community.

“They will comply with any conditions imposed by the local council to protect residential amenity.

“There will be no greater traffic movement than historically when the site was used as an RAF Camp.

“The application has addressed previous concerns raised and a lot of the site will be landscaped and used as buffer zones.”

There have been three applications of a similar nature previously thrown out, and two refusals on appeal – the most recent in 2006.

The new deadline for comment submissions is September 10.

A decision is due at Cheshire East’s Southern Planning Committee meeting on September 24.

Anyone wishing to comment can find the planning application 14/2714N on the Cheshire East Council website.

Nantwich Town Overlay, size of Hack Green travellers site plan

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