PLANNING permission was granted on Thursday for a ‘Port Sunlight inspired’ 1,500-home village to be built in Ellesmere Port.
The ‘garden village’ will be built on previously safeguarded farmland in Little Sutton, and will take 18 years to complete. 200 construction jobs will be created and a mixture of affordable two and three storey homes plan to be made. The village, which will be built in the image of model village Port Sunlight, will have a primary school, community building and shop.Spokesperson for Redrow Homes, David O’Reily, said the project will have “extensive community benefits” , including 375 affordable homes and a total of 1,570.
Plans have previously been met with mixed reviews and Councillor Gareth Anderson disagreed with the project. He said: “There was a huge variety of concerns expressed to this committee back in June and today about the loss of high quality farm land, the major detrimental impact that traffic will have on the area, the prematurity of this plan, sustainability, flooding.”
‘Every single one of these is still a concern and not one of them has been resolved satisfactorily.”
The plan was decided after a vote of five in favour, two against and two abstentions.