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Taylor Wimpey's Plumdale house design was one of the proposed house types for the development. Credit: via planning documents

Refusal for 212 Chester homes

Taylor Wimpey’s plans to increase the number of homes it built on a parcel off Wrexham Road from 127 to 212 was shot down by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

CWAC’s rejection of the application came contrary to officer recommendation. CWAC’s planning committee voted that the application was considered to be overdevelopment, which would negatively impact the character of the area.

The council’s decision notice also stated that the application “fails to respect the prevailing layout and urban grain”.

Taylor Wimpey had originally secured permission to build 127 homes on the 17-acre plot in April 2019, as part of a wider application for 785 homes on the northern part of Taylor Wimpey and Redrow’s still wider Wrexham Road site.

The wider Wrexham Road site has approval for 1,269 homes.

The recent application focused on the northernmost part of the northern site and would have made up phase three of the larger project.

In addition to the 212 homes, Taylor Wimpey’s plans included a children’s play area. The homes themselves would have included eight one-bed affordable apartments, 15 two-bed affordable houses, and 3 three-bed homes.

Of all the 212 homes, 119 would have had three bedrooms and 70 would have had four.

Access to this part of the development would have been off Roman Crescent, a spine road that connects to Wrexham Road in Chester.

Lichfields was the planning consultant for the project. The application’s reference number with Cheshire West and Chester Council is 22/03064/FUL.

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If that’s indicative of the design, good! We need decent sized, modern looking, fit for purpose homes, not the same old tired designs from the 80s.

By GetItBuilt!

If the “Plumdale House” is anything to go by, the council was absolutely right to reject it. People want homes, not human storage units.

By Matthew Jones

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