Delamere regeneration plans unanimously approved

We have received planning consent for the regeneration of the derelict former Marley Tile Works, Oakmere.

24 October 2014

Delamere architect’s impression

The proposals were unanimously approved at a meeting of Cheshire and Chester West’s Strategic Planning Committee on Thursday 23 October for 180 new homes at the site.

The scheme has been designed with the local woodland setting in mind ensuring that it is appropriate for the surrounding environment and will include a number of affordable homes and 15 homes reserved for older people.

Over half of the former industrial site will be reclaimed as green space for local community use and will include allotments, woodland walks, wetlands and informal play areas.

The scheme includes a new roundabout on Station Road as well as highway safety improvements at the Abbey Arms / Chester Road junction and pedestrian safety improvements at Delamere Station. A dedicated turn-around facility for school buses has also been included.

We have agreed financial contributions towards: local primary and secondary education, improvements to Delamere Community Centre, and the provision of new / or improved gas and broadband services for the local community.

The plans for the derelict brownfield site were formed after extensive consultation with residents and stakeholders in the parishes of Oakmere and Delamere.

In approving the application, Strategic Planning Committee member, Councillor Jill Houlbrook, said: “This is a very suitable site for development, it won’t be particularly visible from the road, is highly sustainable given that there is a train station within a few minutes’ walk.”  She added: “The site has been derelict for a long while and what is planned is very suitable for the area, [I am] particularly pleased to see over 50s accommodation, areas for gardens, allotments… all the things we have long been saying should be included in developments.”

Approving the application, Strategic Planning Committee member, Councillor Alan McKie, said: “This is a derelict site that needs development.” The proposals were also ‘welcomed’ by committee members, Councillors Norman Wright and Alex Black.

The Crown Estate’s Strategic Land Manager, Steve Melligan, said: “This is an extremely well designed proposal which will transform a derelict brownfield site and provide much needed local housing set within an attractive wooded environment.”