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Message from Mouldsworth Parish Council Planning Appeal – Station Road, MouldsworthUntitled

posted 5 Sep 2016, 01:36 by Sally Parkinson   [ updated 6 Sep 2016, 13:25 ]

Dear Neighbours,


We would like to draw your attention to a planning appeal with regard to a recent application to build a four bedroomed house and double detached garage in the orchard sited at Woodfield on Station Road between Bracken Tor and the former Smithy Garage. 


As a Council, we objected to the original application which was duly turned down.  The applicant has now appealed, and we believe that if this appeal were upheld, the implications for the future of Mouldsworth would be far reaching. Although planning policies are designed to prevent inappropriate development in the Green Belt, new buildings can be approved on limited infill sites in certain circumstances and there have been some recent successful appeals in Cheshire to build on ‘infill’ sites in other Green Belt villages.


If this proposal goes ahead, it will set a major precedent in Mouldsworth and one by one other ‘infill’ sites are likely to be approved. This is a scenario which we want to prevent, in order to maintain the ambience and tranquility of our village.


We would value your support in objecting to this appeal. You can object by submitting your comments to The Planning Inspectorate as detailed below and sending us a copy. Or, if you prefer, you can email us your comments and we will ensure that these are incorporated into the representations which we will be submitting.


·         ONLINE:  on the Planning Portal at using the reference APP/A0665/W/16/3155932

·         EMAIL: [email protected]



All representations must be received by 15 September 2016 and must quote the reference APP/A0665/W/16/3155932.


The original application and appeal documents can be found here


Some more specific points for your consideration are:


·         For an appeal to be successful the location has to be assessed as ‘sustainable’. This means that facilities such as shops and schools can be accessed efficiently and safely without the residents being wholly reliant on a car. However, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) have assessed Mouldsworth as an unsustainable location.

·         CWAC is fully on course to exceed its target for new housing and since 2012, fourteen new properties have been built in Mouldsworth on the two ‘brownfield’ sites close to Woodfield. None of these would be regarded as affordable homes.

·         Whether the proposal provides any economic, social or environmental benefits to the village or the wider area and if and how it will damage the openness of, or  harm, the Green Belt in the long term