Hooton Road – Field Opposite Benty Heath Lane

The Willaston Residents’ and Countryside Society are aware of residents’ concerns regarding the activities taking place over recent weeks on the above field. We have been closely monitoring the activities since the field was recently sold. We have had discussions with our local Cheshire West & Chester Councillor Myles Hogg, and we have also been in contact with the CW&C Planning Enforcement team regarding the recent activities on the site. We are also aware from our investigations that: –

1 – The site owners do not have any planning permission for any works on, or change of use of the field, and neither has any such application been submitted to the council.

2 – The field is fully within the North Cheshire Green Belt that surrounds Willaston village and sits between our village and Hooton. Any development on. or change of use of the field away from pure agricultural use would require planning permission.

3 – The Residents’ Society would object to and fight against any development on the field as we do with all attempted development on greenfield/greenbelt sites around our village.

4 – The Residents’ Society is also concerned that the activities on the site could adversely affect any wildlife in and around the field, and we will continue to monitor the situation and discuss this with the local Police if we believe there is a real problem.

We have continued over the last week to pressurise the Council’s Planning Enforcement team to visit the site to investigate what is happening, and we are pleased to note that they did so yesterday 18 July. We understand they will be advising us of their findings and decisions soon. We will continue to monitor the situation.

UPDATE:  WR&CS are aware that the CWAC Planning Enforcement Team has requested the owners of the land to submit a planning application in respect of the hardcore tract, which is deemed an ‘engineering operation’.

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