Muller housing development "Nantwich South"

Plans for the first part of the controversial Nantwich housing scheme in Stapeley which has been in the pipeline for more than 10 years, have been recommended for approval, writes Belinda Ryan.

Cheshire East’s planning officers have recommended the Strategic Planning Board approves the reserved matters application from David Wilson Homes and Muller.

It’s for the phase one residential development on land between Peter Destapleigh Way, London Road and Audlem Road – known in the past as proposed “Nantwich South” village.

The principle for building homes on the site as part of a wider mixed-use development with access via Peter Destapleigh Way has already been permitted after the applications, submitted in 2012 and refused by CEC, were given the go ahead on appeal by the Secretary of State in 2020.

This application, to be decided on Wednesday (January 25), relates to the appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale of 188 homes, associated infrastructure and open space including a NEAP (Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play), village green, community orchard and ecological areas.

The proposed 188 homes will comprise 132 market dwellings and 56 affordable units and be a mix of detached, semi-detached, and terraced homes ranging from one to five bedrooms.

Stapeley Parish Council has objected to the scheme and listed a number of reasons, including the provision of land allocated for public open space is not sufficient to meet the needs of neighbourhood together with concerns over the traffic assessment and air quality.

Thirteen other objections have been received from members of the public who have raised numerous concerns.

One says: “This planning application has been ongoing for over 10 years and refused several times.

“It is evident that the people of Nantwich do not want or need this development and the Stapeley area has been inundated with various developments over recent years.”

Others question why a greenfield site is being developed when many brownfield sites are available and argue Cheshire East has a five-year housing supply ‘which was totally ignored by the then Secretary of State’.

In a report due to go to Wednesday’s meeting, the Cheshire East planning officer states: “The proposal achieves an appropriately designed residential development and its detailed design and layout accords with the overall principles for the development of the site and the Cheshire East Council design guide.”

He says the development will deliver 30% affordable housing with units pepper-potted throughout the site, and that the overall housing mix is acceptable.

“The scheme achieves an acceptable relationship with the character of the locality, without material harm to neighbouring residential amenity, and would provide sufficient amenity for the new occupants,” says the officer.

“The impact on the wider highway network arising from the development of this site was addressed during the consideration of the outline application.

“The internal road network meets relevant highways design standards and adequate car parking is provided.

“Appropriate public open space for the scheme will be provided including a NEAP and community gardens and orchard as a suitable alternative to the provision of conventional allotments shown on the indicative layout of the outline approval.”

The application, which has been recommended for approval subject to conditions, will be considered by the Strategic Planning Board which meets at 10am on Wednesday January 25, at Macclesfield Town Hall.

Nantwich South artist impression, Muller Homes
Nantwich South artist impression, unveiled back in 2012


  1. ……..or a dentist!

  2. Will this estate be in Nantwich or Stapeley? That part of Audlem Road is in Nantwich.

  3. Looks good and the provision of 30% to social housing is greatly needed in the area. Hopefully it goes ahead despite of the nimbys

  4. Drake Bradshaw says:

    They will be the same boring pastiche Georgian designs currently sort after with the exact same layout that has been the norm here for over 30yrs
    Time for better designs to take you from family life with children to accommodating elderly parents to the eventual split of the couple to incorporate two separate homes without the constant need to move on
    None of these new builds have a scooby do idea of how an eco home is supposed to be, rarely do you see an A rated home at all

  5. Note there is no provision for a much need Medical Practice in this area !

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