Cheshire West officers support Hartford Manor redevelopment bids

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Cheshire West officers support Hartford Manor redevelopment bids

Post by LadyKiwi » Wed May 02, 2018 11:05 am

Cheshire West officers support Hartford Manor redevelopment bids
Josh Pennington

TWO separate plans to redevelop a Grade II listed manor house have both been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Hartford Manor, in Northwich, could be converted into 15 apartments to sit alongside a further 42 new homes if developer Hartford Investments gets its way.

Alternatively, the site could be transformed into a school by Mereside Education Trust – which is operated by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

Both planning applications have been called in for Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee to discuss by Cllr Susan Kaur, Conservative member for Hartford and Greenbank.

In February, she told the Northwich Guardian that she would rather see a medical centre be built at the site, rather than risk development which would increase traffic close to the five schools which surround the site.

She said: “Who is going to be responsible for the safeguarding and danger aspect for all these kids? The traffic coming down through Greenbank and past the school in the morning is horrendous.

“We need a medical centre and this site is perfect.”

Hartford Manor has a vacant office block in its grounds, which was previously used by North West Gas and Holidaybreak.

CWAC officers have recommended both schemes should be approved, with the council’s planning committee set to make a decision on them next Tuesday.

In a report supporting the case for Mereside’s school, officers said: “The development would provide a new education facility on the edge of the Northwich settlement, in an area that presents good accessibility to services and would promote sustainable modes of transport.

“The development would bring a vacant commercial building back into use and would create employment opportunities, whilst having no unacceptable effect on the significance of the listed building.

“Whilst the traffic generated by the proposal would have an impact upon the surrounding highway network, it would notably be lower than the lawful former use.”

Meanwhile, officers believe the scheme for housing – which would remove the vacant office space – would ‘undoubtedly improve the setting of the listed building’.

Officers added: “The proposal would not have a significant adverse impact on residents’ health or quality of life, having particular regard to residential amenity, and would have no unacceptable impact in respect of highway safety.”

Hartford Investments, which wants to build new homes on the site, currently owns the land.

A decision will be made on both schemes at a meeting in Chester next Tuesday.

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