A look at the progress on this site.

On the 27 September 2017 the Bowes Gate application was given the go ahead. The proposal (15/1666N) by the Rural Trust was for 11 dwellings in total to include 8 affordable homes with 2 bedrooms and three 4-5 bedded ‘market’ houses. Here is the current site plan:

Bowes Gate Site plan

The three market houses are positioned on the south side of the site looking over the Gowy at the bottom of the slope. The terrace of 8 affordable properties look’s East toward the Mill. A footpath has been approved to cut down the slope to pass next to the river and emerge onto Wyche Road near the footpath gate next to the bridge and Chantry House.

I understand that negotiations are still continueing between the Rural Trust and the agents for the Medical Centre site off Vicarage Lane. As noted before the intention appears to amalgamate the development of both site and facilitate the exit of the Rural Trust. It is not clear why the Trust want to get out but their focus is on shared ownership properties with covenants that restrict their sale to local people. At present the negotiations involve moving the ‘affordable housing’ element of the site to the Vicarage Lane development while at the same time moving the ‘market’ properties from that site onto the Bowes Gate development. This has some advantages for developers and would facilitate the construction of more premium ‘market’ dwellings with substantial profit margins. In the process we would see the destruction of a key feature of rural villages namely a social mix of properties.

Time is short as the consent on this development is due to expire although Cheshire East has or will extend it due to the current crisis. The Rural Trust are pushing ahead with a series of applications designed to deal with the consent conditions. These have all been agreed. We will have to wait for the outcome. The PC disagrees with the ‘swapping’ plans although they were assured the total number of ‘affordable’ houses will not change.

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Now retired from teaching. Involved in supporting the Village Day Committee, Village websites and Secretary of the Bunbury Action Group.

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