Malpas villagers objecting to plans for 140 homes

Controversial plans to build 140 homes in a village near the Shropshire border have been met with a storm of opposition from residents.

Applicant Gladman Developments Ltd wants to build on land between Chester Road, Well Street and Greenway Lane in Malpas, near Whitchurch. But residents have raised fears over the size of the development and the environmental impact it would have on the area.

Malpas Parish Council has objected, while the Action For Green Fields (AFGF) group has launched a petition.

Gladman Developments has applied to Cheshire West and Cheshire Council for outline planning permission for the scheme, which includes affordable housing.

It says the development will ‘enhance the qualities and character’ of the area and benefit the local economy.

A statement on behalf of the parish council says: “The parish council consulted widely with residents on this proposal, with an overwhelming majority of people telling us that they objected to the size and scale of the development.

“In addition, during the course of our consultation a number of parishioners raised specific concerns with regards to the environmental impact.

“This included concerns about light and noise, alongside reports that the site plays host to great crested newts and other protected species.

“We also think it is important to note the concerns of the elderly residents of Brereton Close, who have genuine concerns about the impact on the quality of their lives during the construction phase, and in the long-term establishment of the development.”

A report on behalf of the applicant says: “The overall vision for the site is to provide a distinctive and high quality place, which enhances the qualities and character of Malpas village and the Malpas Conservation area. Housing will be provided for local people.”