More homes planned for Winsford flashes

Bellway Homes plan to build 243 new houses on the

Bellway Homes plan to build 243 new houses on the

First published in News Winsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ANOTHER property developer is planning to build hundreds of new houses on the edge of Winsford Flashes.

Bellway Homes intend to develop 243 houses on land to the east of Way’s Green.

It’s the latest in a string of planned developments on the edge of the scenic lake.

600 households and businesses are being leafleted and asked to submit their views on the proposals via a special web site: yourwinsford.co.uk.

Respondents have just over a fortnight to submit their thoughts on the scheme, which will feature a mix of town houses, semi- and detached homes.

David Williams, regional managing director for Bellway Homes, said: “We’ve thought very carefully about the design and landscaping issues for the site and liaised extensively with the local authority over a range of issues.

“That said, we haven’t got a monopoly on wisdom and we’re asking local people to let us know if our proposals could be improved in any way.”

A spokesman for Bellway said the development will ‘add value’ to neighbouring houses and enhance what is ‘an enduringly popular’ part of the town.

They added that local ward councillors from Cheshire West and Chester Council had already been consulted on the scheme and that a presentation has been arranged to the planning committee of Winsford Town Council.

Mr Williams added that the proposals would improve access for pedestrians and cyclists to Winsford Flashes and the scheme would incorporate ‘substantial landscaping, tree planting and public open space.’

Approximately 30 per cent of the homes will be affordable and managed by a local housing association.

A planning application is likely to be submitted in early August.

The deadline for submitting views closes at midnight on Friday, August 1.

What do you think? Add your thoughts below, email winsford@guardiangrp.co.uk or write to Guardian Series Newspapers, Theatre Court, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5HB

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6:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

winsford resident says...

Improved access for pedestrians & cyclists - where are all the cars going? Ways Green & Gladstone St are already dangerously congested.
They'll worry about it after they've got your Council Tax...!
Improved access for pedestrians & cyclists - where are all the cars going? Ways Green & Gladstone St are already dangerously congested. They'll worry about it after they've got your Council Tax...! winsford resident
  • Score: 22

9:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Save Winsford Flashes says...

This will just be the start, as developers open up access to the surrounding area it will not be long before the Flashes are circled by housing. Lets stand up and fight for a town we want to live in and leave the beauty spots for the next generation. Save Winsford Flashes from over development.
This will just be the start, as developers open up access to the surrounding area it will not be long before the Flashes are circled by housing. Lets stand up and fight for a town we want to live in and leave the beauty spots for the next generation. Save Winsford Flashes from over development. Save Winsford Flashes
  • Score: 23

7:29pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Save Winsford Flashes says...

Winsford, a town run from Chester for the people of Chester. What ever happened to democracy ? This housing quota has been dumped on Winsford because we no longer have a voice.
Winsford, a town run from Chester for the people of Chester. What ever happened to democracy ? This housing quota has been dumped on Winsford because we no longer have a voice. Save Winsford Flashes
  • Score: 17

4:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Supporter of Save Winsford Countryside says...

Have come across Bellway before and the bit about consulting with highways is a joke. They will most likely do this survey while the kids are on holiday their previous survey was done during a world cup England football match when there was not much around. Go an build somewhere else and leave our countryside alone. Like one comment CWAC for Chester and not for anywhere else..
Have come across Bellway before and the bit about consulting with highways is a joke. They will most likely do this survey while the kids are on holiday their previous survey was done during a world cup England football match when there was not much around. Go an build somewhere else and leave our countryside alone. Like one comment CWAC for Chester and not for anywhere else.. Supporter of Save Winsford Countryside
  • Score: 11

9:11am Fri 25 Jul 14

Angry Winsford Resident says...

This proposal is outrageous! Bellway claim to be using land allocated as housing on the new Neighbourhood Plan. Although it has still not been adopted quite yet, this plan is close to being adopted after a lengthy consultation period. On that plan STC3 is allocated as new and improved open space to enhance the area and improve access and leisure facilities for local residents, something Winsford locals could be proud of. Bellway have ignored the Neighbourhood Plan despite their claims, and want to ruin this naturally beautiful area. It will not increase value for local residents...it will ruin so much for so many. This countryside needs preserving, not digging up for yet more houses. So much wildlife will be destroyed when their habitat is dug up and cemented in yet again. And as for the increase in traffic...! Don't get me started. Disgusting proposal just to line somebody else's pockets, making Winsford residents angry and upset without a voice once again!
This proposal is outrageous! Bellway claim to be using land allocated as housing on the new Neighbourhood Plan. Although it has still not been adopted quite yet, this plan is close to being adopted after a lengthy consultation period. On that plan STC3 is allocated as new and improved open space to enhance the area and improve access and leisure facilities for local residents, something Winsford locals could be proud of. Bellway have ignored the Neighbourhood Plan despite their claims, and want to ruin this naturally beautiful area. It will not increase value for local residents...it will ruin so much for so many. This countryside needs preserving, not digging up for yet more houses. So much wildlife will be destroyed when their habitat is dug up and cemented in yet again. And as for the increase in traffic...! Don't get me started. Disgusting proposal just to line somebody else's pockets, making Winsford residents angry and upset without a voice once again! Angry Winsford Resident
  • Score: 8

10:12am Fri 25 Jul 14

furious resident says...

This development is a joke. The town council have spent years developing the Neighbourhood plan and although it may not be perfect, at least they consulted properly and even changed the draft plan so that the space next to the flashes was earmarked for open space and leisure. Bellway are trying to pull the wool over our eyes by suggesting the space is for 'open space and housing'. The Neighbourhood plan clearly shows that housing can onlt be built up to a certain point and Bellway have ignored this completely. We all know the flashes are Winsford's best asset and for a money hungry company to to suggest their plans will add value and make the flashes more accessible is ridiculous. Those of us who live nearby know that the traffic around Ways Green is already really difficult and this development can only make it worse. We need to all get behind the 'savetheflashes' campaign and save this beautiful area. The recent development planned for the other side of winsford was refused permission because it did not fit the Neighbourhood plan. This one certainly doesn't and regardless of this must not be allowed to go ahead and ruin this area.
This development is a joke. The town council have spent years developing the Neighbourhood plan and although it may not be perfect, at least they consulted properly and even changed the draft plan so that the space next to the flashes was earmarked for open space and leisure. Bellway are trying to pull the wool over our eyes by suggesting the space is for 'open space and housing'. The Neighbourhood plan clearly shows that housing can onlt be built up to a certain point and Bellway have ignored this completely. We all know the flashes are Winsford's best asset and for a money hungry company to to suggest their plans will add value and make the flashes more accessible is ridiculous. Those of us who live nearby know that the traffic around Ways Green is already really difficult and this development can only make it worse. We need to all get behind the 'savetheflashes' campaign and save this beautiful area. The recent development planned for the other side of winsford was refused permission because it did not fit the Neighbourhood plan. This one certainly doesn't and regardless of this must not be allowed to go ahead and ruin this area. furious resident
  • Score: 7

10:15am Fri 25 Jul 14

furious resident says...

Plus, much of Bellway's literature, including the map on this website does not include the Anwyl and Persimmon developments which already take up some of the space! Another example of Bellway being dishonest!
Plus, much of Bellway's literature, including the map on this website does not include the Anwyl and Persimmon developments which already take up some of the space! Another example of Bellway being dishonest! furious resident
  • Score: 5

4:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ozziebaxter says...

The Winsford NP proposes roughly 94, not 243 houses in this area and a significant part of the proposed development is on land that is earmarked for recreational purposes. Recent developments, plus this development, will lead to 1000+ more cars on already congested and unsuitable roads in the surrounding area and far less open space for us to enjoy. The plans have nothing to do with improving the town and providing "maximum community benefit" and everything to do with lining the pockets of the well known landowner / developer and meeting totally unrealistic housing targets. Winsford Flashes are the town's greatest asset and worth far, far more than this.
The Winsford NP proposes roughly 94, not 243 houses in this area and a significant part of the proposed development is on land that is earmarked for recreational purposes. Recent developments, plus this development, will lead to 1000+ more cars on already congested and unsuitable roads in the surrounding area and far less open space for us to enjoy. The plans have nothing to do with improving the town and providing "maximum community benefit" and everything to do with lining the pockets of the well known landowner / developer and meeting totally unrealistic housing targets. Winsford Flashes are the town's greatest asset and worth far, far more than this. ozziebaxter
  • Score: 5

10:34pm Fri 25 Jul 14

LoopyLou32 says...

The new proposed development is an absolute joke! Bellway's proposal does not include the two anwyl estates that have been built (which are still yet to sell). 243 homes is an extortionate amount considering the lack of access to the proposed estate. Who exactly is going to buy these houses and how is Winsford going to support an influx of people? I suspect it will be empty for the majority. This really hasn't been thought through.
How much longer do we have to victim to land owners greed to earn easy cash before the whole of winsfords greenery is replace with cheap built ill looking boxes??
The new proposed development is an absolute joke! Bellway's proposal does not include the two anwyl estates that have been built (which are still yet to sell). 243 homes is an extortionate amount considering the lack of access to the proposed estate. Who exactly is going to buy these houses and how is Winsford going to support an influx of people? I suspect it will be empty for the majority. This really hasn't been thought through. How much longer do we have to victim to land owners greed to earn easy cash before the whole of winsfords greenery is replace with cheap built ill looking boxes?? LoopyLou32
  • Score: 3

11:10pm Fri 25 Jul 14

katielou01 says...

This plan is ridiculous! There are numerous other sites in Winsford where it's more appropriate to build new houses. Offer this land to local builders for a reduced price, giving locals the jobs and putting the money back into the local community, rather than money hungry companies like Bellway homes, who don't actually care about Winsford, just the pretty penny they can make from building in such a beautiful area. Traffic is already a major issue down Gladstone Street, Ways Green and Queensway, without 500+ extra cars on the road. Persimmon and Anwyl homes haven't sold a fair few of their houses, with the majority of these being 'affordable housing' so why do we need so many more houses?! This is all about greed, not the local community.
This plan is ridiculous! There are numerous other sites in Winsford where it's more appropriate to build new houses. Offer this land to local builders for a reduced price, giving locals the jobs and putting the money back into the local community, rather than money hungry companies like Bellway homes, who don't actually care about Winsford, just the pretty penny they can make from building in such a beautiful area. Traffic is already a major issue down Gladstone Street, Ways Green and Queensway, without 500+ extra cars on the road. Persimmon and Anwyl homes haven't sold a fair few of their houses, with the majority of these being 'affordable housing' so why do we need so many more houses?! This is all about greed, not the local community. katielou01
  • Score: 3

11:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mattwhittaker says...

I agree that currently there are opportunities throughout the UK for housing developments however I do not think the proposed development next to winsford flash has been thoroughly thought through . The land itself is a place of natural beauty and these areas in towns are now becoming few and far between generally due to greed and profit. There is no infrastructure to accommodate the current proposal the road network that will feed the site is poor even with current levels of traffic let alone the volume that the site will generate, will it take a child's death on Gladstone street for the developers to realise this because it will happen. A question are there circa 500 jobs currently available in winsford that would generate an income high enough to afford the proposed housing. This development will by no way enhance the beautiful open space that is currently there. If the houses were filled how Winsford cope with the extra people?
I agree that currently there are opportunities throughout the UK for housing developments however I do not think the proposed development next to winsford flash has been thoroughly thought through . The land itself is a place of natural beauty and these areas in towns are now becoming few and far between generally due to greed and profit. There is no infrastructure to accommodate the current proposal the road network that will feed the site is poor even with current levels of traffic let alone the volume that the site will generate, will it take a child's death on Gladstone street for the developers to realise this because it will happen. A question are there circa 500 jobs currently available in winsford that would generate an income high enough to afford the proposed housing. This development will by no way enhance the beautiful open space that is currently there. If the houses were filled how Winsford cope with the extra people? Mattwhittaker
  • Score: 2

10:36am Mon 28 Jul 14

M Kennedy says...

This over development does not conform to the N PLAN.
This over development does not conform to the N PLAN. M Kennedy
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Oldwinsford says...

This is not about Winsford it's about profit, profit for the few.
There are serious problems with access, vehicle numbers, school places, health provision and so on, but planning permission will still be granted.
The local authority will put up their hands and say they have to do what Westminster tells them, so much for local democracy.
We have been promised footpaths and cycleways around the Flash for years, as most of the land is privately owned how are they going to deliver that?
This is not about Winsford it's about profit, profit for the few. There are serious problems with access, vehicle numbers, school places, health provision and so on, but planning permission will still be granted. The local authority will put up their hands and say they have to do what Westminster tells them, so much for local democracy. We have been promised footpaths and cycleways around the Flash for years, as most of the land is privately owned how are they going to deliver that? Oldwinsford
  • Score: 3

10:48pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bobby14 says...

I totally agree with everything these good winsford people have put but no matter what people say in objection to all these disgusting development plans on both sides of the beautiful winsford flashes im very sad to say it wont make one bit of difference the town council the land owners and the developers just ignore everything and anything that the local people say against this monstorous development by more than one company winsford will be ruined for good when these new homes are granted to go ahead it is not for local people its for outsiders the wildlife will all be killed off and the roads all around winsford will not cope with much more traffic as far as i`m concerned its the death of winsford getting rid of this gorgeous green countryside for more unwanted houses its just one big money spinner for all involved it wont benefit local winsford people we should think twice when voting in the referendum for exactly whats going to happen to this town, not happy!
I totally agree with everything these good winsford people have put but no matter what people say in objection to all these disgusting development plans on both sides of the beautiful winsford flashes im very sad to say it wont make one bit of difference the town council the land owners and the developers just ignore everything and anything that the local people say against this monstorous development by more than one company winsford will be ruined for good when these new homes are granted to go ahead it is not for local people its for outsiders the wildlife will all be killed off and the roads all around winsford will not cope with much more traffic as far as i`m concerned its the death of winsford getting rid of this gorgeous green countryside for more unwanted houses its just one big money spinner for all involved it wont benefit local winsford people we should think twice when voting in the referendum for exactly whats going to happen to this town, not happy! bobby14
  • Score: 2

7:41pm Fri 1 Aug 14

jon447 says...

furious resident wrote:
Plus, much of Bellway's literature, including the map on this website does not include the Anwyl and Persimmon developments which already take up some of the space! Another example of Bellway being dishonest!
As a town Winsford has very little going for it, the flashes, Rilshaw meadows and whitegate way are the only real attractions worthy of note. I have a two year old boy and I want to be able to take him out around town on a bike to enjoy what Winsford has to offer, not see yet more poorly built new houses. These developments are about pleasing a government trying to make money from council tax and back handers from building companies and political buddies. Greed is driving these plans from the land owners to the developers and politicians. The schools, dentists and roads are full to capacity already, don't make the mistake of believing this extra council tax will be re-invested, instead it will top up the councils funds that have been slashed by this current government.
[quote][p][bold]furious resident[/bold] wrote: Plus, much of Bellway's literature, including the map on this website does not include the Anwyl and Persimmon developments which already take up some of the space! Another example of Bellway being dishonest![/p][/quote]As a town Winsford has very little going for it, the flashes, Rilshaw meadows and whitegate way are the only real attractions worthy of note. I have a two year old boy and I want to be able to take him out around town on a bike to enjoy what Winsford has to offer, not see yet more poorly built new houses. These developments are about pleasing a government trying to make money from council tax and back handers from building companies and political buddies. Greed is driving these plans from the land owners to the developers and politicians. The schools, dentists and roads are full to capacity already, don't make the mistake of believing this extra council tax will be re-invested, instead it will top up the councils funds that have been slashed by this current government. jon447
  • Score: 1

7:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

jon447 says...

As a town Winsford has very little going for it, the flashes, Rilshaw meadows and whitegate way are the only real attractions worthy of note. I have a two year old boy and I want to be able to take him out around town on a bike to enjoy what Winsford has to offer, not see yet more poorly built new houses. These developments are about pleasing a government trying to make money from council tax and back handers from building companies and political buddies. Greed is driving these plans from the land owners to the developers and politicians. The schools, dentists and roads are full to capacity already, don't make the mistake of believing this extra council tax will be re-invested, instead it will top up the councils funds that have been slashed by this current government.
As a town Winsford has very little going for it, the flashes, Rilshaw meadows and whitegate way are the only real attractions worthy of note. I have a two year old boy and I want to be able to take him out around town on a bike to enjoy what Winsford has to offer, not see yet more poorly built new houses. These developments are about pleasing a government trying to make money from council tax and back handers from building companies and political buddies. Greed is driving these plans from the land owners to the developers and politicians. The schools, dentists and roads are full to capacity already, don't make the mistake of believing this extra council tax will be re-invested, instead it will top up the councils funds that have been slashed by this current government. jon447
  • Score: 1

11:16pm Sat 2 Aug 14

bobby14 says...

jon447 wrote:
furious resident wrote:
Plus, much of Bellway's literature, including the map on this website does not include the Anwyl and Persimmon developments which already take up some of the space! Another example of Bellway being dishonest!
As a town Winsford has very little going for it, the flashes, Rilshaw meadows and whitegate way are the only real attractions worthy of note. I have a two year old boy and I want to be able to take him out around town on a bike to enjoy what Winsford has to offer, not see yet more poorly built new houses. These developments are about pleasing a government trying to make money from council tax and back handers from building companies and political buddies. Greed is driving these plans from the land owners to the developers and politicians. The schools, dentists and roads are full to capacity already, don't make the mistake of believing this extra council tax will be re-invested, instead it will top up the councils funds that have been slashed by this current government.
Spot on my friend these new developments at either end of winsford will increase traffic to gridlock at certain times of the day its bad enough now and i pitty anybody needing one of the emergency services when all the roads are full of traffic, all this over development in winsford will totally ruin this town for good,

Rob a very very unhappy winsford resident
[quote][p][bold]jon447[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]furious resident[/bold] wrote: Plus, much of Bellway's literature, including the map on this website does not include the Anwyl and Persimmon developments which already take up some of the space! Another example of Bellway being dishonest![/p][/quote]As a town Winsford has very little going for it, the flashes, Rilshaw meadows and whitegate way are the only real attractions worthy of note. I have a two year old boy and I want to be able to take him out around town on a bike to enjoy what Winsford has to offer, not see yet more poorly built new houses. These developments are about pleasing a government trying to make money from council tax and back handers from building companies and political buddies. Greed is driving these plans from the land owners to the developers and politicians. The schools, dentists and roads are full to capacity already, don't make the mistake of believing this extra council tax will be re-invested, instead it will top up the councils funds that have been slashed by this current government.[/p][/quote]Spot on my friend these new developments at either end of winsford will increase traffic to gridlock at certain times of the day its bad enough now and i pitty anybody needing one of the emergency services when all the roads are full of traffic, all this over development in winsford will totally ruin this town for good, Rob a very very unhappy winsford resident bobby14
  • Score: 2

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