North wall of Nantwich Walled Garden

A developer has submitted plans to build six houses next to the site of the historic Walled Garden in Nantwich.

But councillors are calling for conditions on the proposals by 4 Real Developments Ltd to include restoring the listed wall and setting up a fund to maintain the site in future years.

The plan is to build six two-bed homes in a terrace design off Kings Lane, Welsh Row, with a new vehicular and pedestrian access.

The company is seeking planning permission and Listed building consent.

Nantwich Town Council largely backed the proposals as a way of ensuring the Walled Garden’s future.

Arthur Moran - play area

Cllr Arthur Moran

Cllr Arthur Moran said it was a good solution to a long-standing issue on vacant site.

Cllr Peter Groves hailed the work done by the Nantwich Walled Garden Society but said it did not have funds to buy or maintain the site in the future.

Cllr Diana Hall said it was “inevitable” but called for a plaque to be erected on the site in recognition of John Gerard and the historic nature of the garden.

The garden consists of half an acre of land surrounded by a 16th or early 17th Century wall.

The garden was part of the site of Townsend House, which was built with the Wall in the 1580s by the Wilbraham family.

Previous planning applications for the site have been refused as applicants have been unable to demonstrate who owns the Walls, as well as the impact a development could have on the “spatial quality, historic function and appearance of the garden”.

The new proposal has been submitted after consultation with Historic England and Cheshire East Council’s Conservation Officer.

The overall length of the built form is reduced to half the length of the wall, and garden space is publicly accessible.

Twelve car parking spaces are also proposed.

A rarely used “Grampian” planning condition is proposed, as authorities have not been able to find out who owns the deeds for the site.

The conditions will mean the company must carry out a wall restoration scheme before building work starts on the houses.

It also means a wall maintenance fund for future works on the wall must be set up before new dwellings are occupied.

A “Grampian” condition prevents the start of a development until off-site works have been completed on land not controlled by the applicant.


  1. Edward Leetham says:

    Please note that the title of this article is misleading. The houses will not be built NEXT to the site of the historic Walled Garden in Nantwich, they will be built IN the walled garden.

  2. Whilst work on the crumbling Listed wall is much needed, the proposal to build new houses here contravenes Cheshire East’s Local Plan Strategy; this area has NOT been highlighted as a requirement for building new houses. This should be highlighted to the Local Authority by all those concerned for the future of the site. It is a real shame that a use to benefit the community cannot be found and yet again, development is being sought to line people’s own pockets. I cannot believe that our local Town Council are not going to provide representation to this application and label this as a “good solution”.

  3. The entire Nantwich estate of the Wilbraham family was sold to Edward tomkinson solicitor and land agent for Wilbraham , therefore the deeds lie with the tomkinson family

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