NANTWICH WALLED GARDEN - 1

Development refusal for garden site 'stands'

  August 2017                                                                                                                 See links below for more pages

 

THE refusal of an application to build homes on the Nantwich walled garden site off Welsh Row has been confirmed, the website of Nantwich Walled Garden Society (NWGS) reports.

   In an article posted on the website on August 10, 2017, the society says: "Following further unsuccessful appeals, the NWGS understands from the High Court that the Planning Appeal Inspector's decision to refuse the planning application now stands."

   It adds: "A further matter to be resolved before any development could take place is determination of the ownership of the walls.

   "It is the NWGS's view that, even if suitable planning permission were obtained in future, the cost of restoring the walls in a manner commensurate with their Grade 2 listing would exceed the value of the site, so the land effectively has no value."

   The website item says: "This is still an evolving situation and further news will be published as it becomes available."

 

IN August 2016, the website said the NWGS had received "potentially good news" for the future of the walled garden. A hearing in July 2016 "led to refusal of the 2008 planning application for building on the site."

   The website at that time added: "The NWGS is looking forward to working with Cheshire East Council and other local organisations to explore the full implications and possible opportunities which may arise from this decision."

   The developers had sought permission to lay a footpath and car parking spaces on the site - assuring planners that they would restore the walls.

   As can be seen from the pictures of models of

 

The north wall of the garden looking down Byron Walk towards Red Lion Lane

the plans (on this page) they are a substantial part of the plan. Had the developers been given the go-ahead there would be no room left for a garden - leaving just the homes to be added.

   The planning application as published on Cheshire  East Borough Council website referred to the    

 

construction of six attached dwellings and two apartments. See the decision on the Cheshire East Council planning web pages, and that of the Planning Inspectorate on the link below.

https://acp.planninginspectorategov.uk/

ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3141919

See how it grows

THIS is the walled garden site, photographed in 2014 after a particularly wet winter which caused a growth spurt in the greenery which fills the area.

  The image is one of many I took for the Nantwich Walled Garden Society as the web-editor of their website

   It was taken from the top storey of a block of apartments in Byron Walk, Kingsley Village, with the permission, and help, of a resident. 

   Just one word of warning: don't be tempted to go into the garden site to look around. The garden is owned by the developers and so you would be trespassing.

   But, worse than that, there is a well somewhere under all that "jungle" which could come as a nasty surprise if you walked into it.

   And, while the walls look sturdy enough - apart from where some bricks and coping stones have already dropped off - there is a risk that they could fall on you.

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