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Wincham Urban Village, Northwich – 850 dwellings

Emery Planning secured outline planning permission for a mixed commercial and residential scheme of 850 homes on behalf of Russell Homes and Gladedale Estates for a 120-acre site at Wincham near Northwich. This challenging mixed brownfield and greenfield site was initially promoted by this practice through the local plan process.

Daniel Kershaw, Russell Homes director, stated “approval for this masterplan allows for the development of up to 850 new homes and the opening up of large areas of publically accessible green space. There is no doubt that there is consumer demand for homes in this location, with its proximity to Northwich, commuter routes and the semi-rural aspect. The scheme will also contribute toward the new homes pipeline required of Cheshire West and Chester authority and help support the growth of the local economy.

We’ve worked closely with the local authority to identify and incorporate elements which would be beneficial to the existing community, such as providing an alternative route for HGVs and improving access to the canal and brook with walking trails and cycle ways. We’ve also negotiated a schedule of payments to be made throughout the build which contribute towards local amenities, sports and education facilities, road and transport investment.

This is a 10-year plan and there is still much work to be done before we see a spade in the ground. We will be in discussion with the various different landowners about the timescale for development, and the site will require remediation prior to development. The next stage is to draw up detailed plans for the homes and commercial centre for the reserved matters applications, which will have to be determined before any work can begin.”

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