MORE than 200 affordable homes will be built on a brownfield site near Wharton Road after councillors unanimously approved the scheme.

MCI Developments has been given the go-ahead to build 127 houses and 78 apartments at the former Car Transplants and Vehicle Repossessions UK site, behind West Drive.

Cheshire West and Chester Council officers called on the planning committee to approve the scheme ahead of Thursday’s meeting, with the development included in Winsford’s neighbourhood plan.

William Fulster, representing the developer, told members that the type of houses on offer are ‘what is needed in the area’ and will benefit from Government funding.

“The scheme will provide 205 new affordable homes where they are needed and which cannot be provided in any other way,” he added.

“In addition, the scheme will result in over £8.6 million of grant funding to be obtained by the registered provider from Homes England to be invested in Winsford, which might otherwise be used outside of Cheshire West.”

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CWAC had received six objections to the plans, while Cheshire Police made a series of recommendations to help cut down anti-social behaviour at the development.

Opening the debate, Cllr Charles Fifield, Conservative, said: “I think it’s a very good development that is being proposed there. I think it is a nice mix of houses.”

Cllr Peter Rooney, Labour, added: “It’s a great site. Currently it’s a bit of an eyesore.”

Cllr Gina Lewis, Labour member for Over and Verdin, suggested that the scheme would be improved if it included bungalows – something Winsford Town Council had also requested.

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“We do have a population in Winsford which has now grown older,” she said.

“They moved to Winsford in the 70s and 80s as young couples with families and they are now getting on, but they are still in family homes.”

Cllr Fifield also questioned whether a new pedestrian crossing could be provided for Wharton Road as part of the development.

MCI Developments will be required to contribute £412,646 towards open space provision, plus £166,320 for the NHS and £20,000 for highways improvements.

The scheme was one of two major developments in Winsford approved at the meeting, along with an 82-home project on the former Handley Hill Primary School site.