Faisal Rashid MP backs residents’ concerns over new homes in South Warrington

WARRINGTON South’s new MP Faisal Rashid has taken up residents concerns over proposals to build up to 1,000 new homes at Grappenhall Heys and Appleton.

He has written to members of the Council’s Development Management Committee reflecting concerns that have been raised about two planning applications in Appleton and Grappenhall Heys, which were deferred by the development control committee recently.

Both applications were deferred pending further consideration of issues raised by local people and he says he is pleased to see that the issues they raised have been taken into account.

He commented: “The proposed developments have clearly been quite emotive and I have been contacted by a number of residents raising concerns about the importance of infrastructure and public services to support the extra houses that are the subject of the applications.

“A number of other key planning matters are also coming up in Warrington at the moment, including the Western Link proposals and the new Local Plan. We are a growing town and change is only to be expected.

“Whilst development is a very important part of promoting economic prosperity for Warrington, which in turn funds and safeguards our services, it needs to be done sensitively.

“I would encourage people to engage with the Council’s consultations on these important topics to ensure that the consultation process is meaningful. That way, residents can be sure that they have had their say.

“In addition, where there are community meetings organised on these issues, I will try to attend them when I am not in Westminster, or I will arrange for one of my team to come and take account of residents’ views.”

In the letter to the council’s development control committee he wrote.

“I appreciate that the date for submission of comments on these two planning applications has passed and I am therefore unable to make formal representations on behalf of my constituents to the Development Management Committee.

“I have only recently been elected as the new Member of Parliament for Warrington South. These two planning applications represent large scale developments in my constituency. Many of my constituents have valid concerns and objections about the adverse impact these applications, if approved, will have on their communities.

In particular my constituents are concerned about the adverse impact on:-
• local infrastructure;
• roads;
• congestion;
• leisure facilities;
• health services;
• schools;
• public transport;
• council service;
• wildlife.

“I agree that both planning applications, if approved, will put considerable stress on the existing communities in Grappenhall Heys and Appleton. The construction of a combined number of 770 dwellings will have a major impact in both these areas of my constituency.

“The existing infrastructure can barely cope with existing demands, our roads are congested particularly at peak times, our leisure facilities are fully utilised, our local health services and schools will have to be expanded to accommodate the further increases in demand, likewise council services. Furthermore the two sites also are home to many various species of wildlife and these need to be protected.

“I share my constituents concerns about both these planning applications and the stress they will place, if approved, on the Grappenhall Heys and Appleton areas of my constituency.

Can you please ensure that full consideration is given to all the points raised above when determining both these planning applications.”

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