Wistaston villagers objections heard at Gladman 330 homes plan exhibition

Gladman Plan

Gladman held a public exhibition at Wistaston Memorial Hall on Friday 19th April 2013 (4-7pm).

Gladman are proposing to build up to 330 homes on land, known locally as ‘Witter’s Field’, in Wistaston:
www.your-views.co.uk/wistaston

The 330 homes, with 30% affordable housing, would also include an area of public open space with recreational facilities.

The Gladman event followed a public exhibition last Friday by the Muller Property Group who propose to build up to 1,500 homes in Wistaston: www.crewewest.com

Gladman MapThere were three representatives from Gladman (Andy, Kevin and Mike – no last names were provided) were present at the exhibition. There were twelve separate display boards with information relating to Wistaston and the proposed development. There was a box for feedback forms.

One local villager said:
I did not hear anyone in favour of the proposal, other than representatives from Gladman.
Objections I heard at the Gladman exhibition included the loss of an area frequently used by dog walkers, runners and walkers, the increase in congestion in Church Lane and surrounding areas from the single entrance/exit road for vehicles, confusion over who would live in the houses and where the jobs would come from to support them and the blight of an urban expanse in a currently rural setting.

Cllr Margaret SimonThere were also voiced concerns that Muller and Gladman may be attempting to ‘land bank’ the fields, as this type of land is more profitable to developers than brown belt.

Cheshire East Council representative for Wistaston, Cllr Margaret Simon said:
“I think it’s fair to say that Gladman and Muller are not flavour of the month in Wistaston and Willaston for their farcical attempts at pre application consultations.
The existing Crewe and Nantwich Green Gaps must be retained in their entirety, these speculative developments are unplanned, unsustainable and unwanted.
These two developers have done themselves no favours with their last minute so called ‘consultations’.”

Story ©Jonathan White 2013
Pictures below ©Jonathan White 2013