PLANNING chiefs have approved plans for almost 300 more homes on the controversial Saighton Camp development.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) gave permission for another 295 homes on the former army barracks despite protests from campaigners who have major road safety concerns.
Residents argued the Caldy Valley junction – known as the ‘hamburger’ roundabout – was already dangerous and the extra houses would create further traffic chaos.
There were also concerns over sewage and the loss of conservation land but the plans were approved when the strategic planning committee met on August 15.
Highways officer Paul Parry said changes to the Caldy Valley junction had resulted in less crashes and improvements to congestion.
He added applicants GMV Eight had addressed the traffic issues which caused the initial plan to be rejected in September, 2012.
Mr Parry said: “On safety grounds there are no reasons to refuse it.”
Helen Carey, spokesman from campaign group People’s Revolt Over Unsustainable Development, argued the statistics do no take into account near misses on the junction and congestion had worsened since the completion of the junction.
She said: “I represent more than 400 residents who have reservations about the traffic surveys not capturing the complete traffic situation.
“The statistics do not take into account the number of near misses which happen at the junction and the increase in ‘rat running’ through previously quiet villages.”
Huntington, Great Boughton and Christleton Parish Councils also objected to the plan on the same grounds as did Chester MP Stephen Mosley.
Cllr David Robinson, who represents Boughton, said the developers had worn down the council to make them recommend approval.
He said: “It seems to me that officers and councillors have been worn down by the developers.
“If you pass this now there is
no going back and it is a development which will have a massive impact on the people in the surrounding areas.”
Strategic planning committee member Cllr Keith Butcher also raised concerns about the traffic report.
He said: “The general public do not think that the report is based on reality.”
Six committee members voted in favour with one against and one abstention.
A condition of approval was that GMV Eight invested £4.6million in travel improvements including a revised Caldy Valley junction and public transport subsidies, gave £653,000 for improvements in schools, made 20 per cent of the dwellings affordable housing units and gave recreation land south of Sandy Lane to the council for a nominal fee.