Site LPS 11: Broughton Road, Crewe
The development of Broughton Road over the Local Plan Strategy period will be achieved through:
- The delivery of up to 175 new homes; and
- The incorporation of green infrastructure including:
- Equipped children’s play area and public open space;
- Retention of existing ponds/marsh areas;
- The retention, where possible, of hedgerows and trees that have habitat potential and a cumulative impact on the screening of the site.
Site Specific Principles of Development
- Development should incorporate green infrastructure and reflect ‘The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Crewe’ (TEP, 2012) including tree planting; the provision of green spaces, including those linking green infrastructure, with safe and secure pedestrian and cycle routes that should be integrated into any development.
- The incorporation of existing ponds and ditches on the site.
- Contributions to highway improvements along the Sydney Road corridor.
- The improvement of existing and provision of new pedestrian and cycle links to link new and existing residential areas, employment areas, shops, schools and health facilities.
- The Local Plan Strategy site is expected to provide affordable housing in line with policy requirements set out in Policy SC 5 'Affordable Homes'.
- Development proposals should include an in perpetuity habitat plan and up to date Protected Species and extended phase one habitat survey. Development should incorporate mitigation measures of appropriate scale and quality tailored to the specific species on the site.
- The retention, where possible, of hedgerows and trees and the inclusion of appropriate planting and buffering along the northern and eastern boundaries of the site, to provide a clear edge to the development and reduce the visual impact of the development on the surrounding countryside.
- The development will be expected to provide contributions to education provision;
- A desk based archaeological assessment is required for the site, with appropriate mitigation carried out, if required.
- A minimum of a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment for contaminated land should be carried out to demonstrate that the site is, or could be made, suitable for use should it be found to be contaminated. Further work, including a site investigation, may be required at a pre-planning stage, depending on the nature of the site.
- The development of the site will be masterplan-led, including a design code, which will be informed by its location, constraints and opportunities.
15.165 Green infrastructure provision underpins future development in Crewe, ensuring that it is a pleasant place to live and work. Any proposals should take into account the Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Crewe.
15.166 The provision of new green infrastructure and the improvement of existing green infrastructure are of paramount importance. This will assist in improving the health and wellbeing of residents, as well as enhancing the environment of the town and reflects the findings of the Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Crewe (TEP, 2012) and will also help deliver the growth aspirations for Crewe of ‘Northern Gateway’ (formerly known as ‘All Change for Crewe: High Growth City’).
15.167 It is important that the site contributes to appropriate highway improvements along the Sydney Road corridor to ensure highway safety.
15.168 Mud snail (a Local Biodiversity Action Plan priority species), lesser silver diving beetle (a protected species) and great crested newts (a protected species) have been recorded from a number of ponds and ditches on this site. Lesser silver diving beetles are dependent upon livestock poaching of the pond edges to maintain the habitat in a suitable condition therefore areas of retained habitat around the ponds must be of sufficient size to allow light grazing to be undertaken. The provision of additional ponds either on-site or off-site within an area of suitable grazed agricultural land is required to provide additional mitigation for the potential cumulative impacts on this species. Grass snakes (a protected species) are also known to be present in the broad locality. Other protected species are also thought to be present on the site. It is important therefore that appropriate habitat for protected species, if required, is retained/provided within the site.
15.169 It is important that appropriate buffering planting, along the northern and eastern boundaries of the site, is provided in such a way that a clear edge to the development is provided and that visual impacts are mitigated.
15.170 It is important that, where possible, hedgerows and trees that have habitat potential and a cumulative impact on the screening of the site are retained as part of any development proposals for the site.
15.171 Any new sports provision should be in accordance with an adopted up to date and robust Playing Pitch Strategy and Indoor Sports Strategy and with Policy SC 2 ‘Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities’.
15.172 An archaeological assessment will be required, to ensure that there will not be an impact on undesignated heritage assets.
15.173 The site has potential for contamination to be present therefore at least a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment for contaminated land needs to be carried out to ensure that any contamination that is present is subject to appropriate remediation.
15.174 The northern two thirds of the site has full planning approval for 124 dwellings (13/5085N approved on appeal 15 September 2015), with an outline application for up to 129 dwellings currently under consideration (15/0366N).
15.175 The design and density of the development should reflect the location and character of the area and respond to the contents of the council’s most up to date Design Guidance.
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