Objections have been made to plans to build 45 more homes in the area
There are fears that one part of Crewe is being turned into ‘one massive mega housing estate’ as residents slammed plans to build 45 more homes. The objections were made after Anwyl Partnerships applied to Cheshire East Council for permission to construct the affordable housing development on Sydney Road.
The homes would be built on land to the north of the bridge, behind a row of existing houses. It would also include landscaping and public open space as well as a a tree lined walkway.
It is the third time developers have applied to build a residential development on the site. Applications were previously submitted in 2017 and 2019 but both were refused, the most recent because the ‘poor layout’ resulted in lack of children’s play space.
Since the new plans were submitted this year, residents have again voice their opposition to the scheme. Many claimed the area of Crewe was becoming overdeveloped.
One resident on Syndey Road said: “We need more housing (more affordable housing) but the area around Sydney Road is becoming irreversibly overcrowded with every spare plot of land being consumed by housing estates. What was once a peaceful suburb of Crewe is rapidly becoming one massive, conjoined mega housing estate.
“It’s laudable that each new estate has some space set aside for landscaping to provide for those living there. However, there should be larger plots of land sprinkled about here and there reserved to create public spaces.”
Another said: “I would like to object to this planning application, I feel that the residents of Sydney Road have over the last two or three years have suffered enough from building works. We had to endure the removal and rebuilding of the railway bridge for the best part of 10 months.
“Then shortly afterwards we had Cadent digging up the pavements to install new gas pipes to houses. To have done that whilst the bridge was being constructed and and the gas services installed by Cadent is beyond me. The nice new pavements now have large patches of different tarmac spoiling the surface. The site over the bridge where Alnwyl are currently building loads of houses has been a constant source of annoyance.
“I have lost count of the number of times that they have installed temporary traffic lights, in order to do various works at the junction of Sydney Road and Hurcombe Way, the entrance onto the estate. Anwyl also think it is okay to leave the lights up for days on end and not do any work , just to annoy drivers at their pleasure.”
Crewe Town Council has also formally objected to the project. Members of the planning committee cited ‘substandard living accommodation’ and, again, claimed it ‘does not provide for children’s play areas’.
A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the developer was submitted with the application. It stated that the new proposal provides smaller house types ‘suitable for single occupants and couples’.
It said: “The site is considered to be highly suitable and eminently suitable and appropriate to accommodate a scheme of affordable housing. Whilst the sits outside (but adjacent to) the settlement boundary, the site is surrounded on all sides by residential development and proposed housing allocations designated within the development plan.
“The site is entirely integrated within the settlement pattern of Crewe which benefits from being within the highest tier of the borough’s settlement hierarchy. The proposed development will meet a defined local and wider need for affordable housing which overarches the borough wide housing requirement set out within the development plan.”
Addressing the reason for previous refusals, the developer said that a 909sqm designated area of open space is proposed. But it added that the small size of the area meant it was unable to accommodate an equipped children’s play space.
It continues: “A fully equipped children’s play already serving this locality is within easy walking distance of the site located in Lime Tree Park off Greendale Avenue to the south of Sydney Road.
“A pedestrian crossing facility has now been provided along Sydney Road to the north of the site access as part of railway bridge improvement which improves accessibility from the site to this play area via Wheatley Road and Lime Tree Avenue.”
- 11:35, 3 JUN 2022