Wallace is currently promoting land to the south of Warrington at Stretton, just off Junction 10 on the M56, for around 785 homes. The scheme will include up to 30% affordable homes, along with associated green infrastructure. This proposed expansion to the existing settlement can provide much needed homes and essential road infrastructure upgrades.
The adopted Local Plan requires the delivery of around 500 homes a year to meet the annual housing requirement. The current development strategy is failing to deliver this. Warrington is currently reviewing its Local Plan to effectively meet its housing requirement and that process has included a Green Belt review. Within the draft Local Plan, the site has been proposed as part of Village A of a wider Garden Suburb located to the South of Warrington.
At present, Wallace is promoting the site through the Local Plan review process and in addition has submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Request to the Council (the first stage in a forthcoming planning application for the site). The site is in three land ownerships and Wallace has entered into a promotion agreement with all of the land owners. This will ensure that the site can be delivered in a comprehensive way to meet the Council’s objectives for more homes and required infrastructure.
PROMOTION & ENGAGEMENT
Proposal and Promotion
Wallace, through the appointed consultant team, has ensured that the appropriate representations have been made at all of the stages of the emerging Local Plan. These representations include and take into account various technical assessments of the site and surrounding area, along with community and council engagement. The Council is now considering all representations made to the draft Local Plan and is expected to submit the Plan to the Secretary of State for Examination in 2020.
The site is situated near a number of local amenities within Stretton and South Warrington. It will also have the benefit of easy access to Stockton Heath, the nearby core area for social and retail amenities. The wider Garden Suburb also proposes its own Neighbourhood Centre including new schools to serve the area. Wallace anticipates that the site’s delivery timeline will be a five to ten-year development, delivering approximately 785 homes with associated infrastructure and open space.