Site LPS 9: The Shavington / Wybunbury Triangle
The development of the Shavington / Wybunbury Triangle over the Local Plan Strategy period will be achieved through:
- The delivery of around 400 new homes;
- Appropriate retail provision to meet local needs;
- Community hub and village green;
- The provision of green infrastructure including:
- Community woodland;
- Open space including children's play space, multi use games area and outdoor gym;
- Nature conservation area;
- Drainage areas;
- Incidental open space;
- Protection of watercourses and ponds on site;
- Creation of an undeveloped buffer zone scheme; and
- Village green;
- 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.
Site Specific Principles of Development
- Contributions towards public transport and highways improvements.
- Contributions towards habitat improvements within the Meres and Mosses Natural Improvement Area.
- Contributions towards a planned improvement of Gresty Road and the Crewe Green Link Road.
- Contributions towards education provision.
- Contributions towards health infrastructure.
- Development should incorporate green infrastructure and reflect 'The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Crewe' (TEP, 2012) including tree planting; the creation of tree lined boulevards with the provision of greenspaces within new developments. This should include the creation of green spaces, including those linking green infrastructure, with safe and secure pedestrian and cycle routes that should be integrated into any development proposals.
- Provision of SuDS included as part of green infrastructure on the site.
- A masterplan to be produced for the site to guide development and ensure good design.
- Important hedgerows and trees to be retained and incorporated within the development.
- The development should be supported by an appropriate Travel Plan, including measures to monitor its implementation.
- An up to date archaeological report to be produced, to include appropriate mitigation, if required.
- An up to date contaminated land study to be produced, to include appropriate mitigation, if required.
- The Local Plan Strategy site is expected to provide affordable housing in line with the policy requirements set out in Policy SC 5 'Affordable Homes'.
- The site will be developed only where it can be demonstrated that there is no adverse impact on the West Midlands Mosses SAC, Midland Meres and Mosses Phase 1 Ramsar and Wybunbury Moss SSSI particularly in relation to changes in water levels and quality, with reference to the Diffuse Water Pollution Plan for the site, and recreational pressures. This should include a Habitats Regulations Assessment of the direct and indirect impacts of the development on the features of special interest. Where impacts cannot be avoided, appropriate mitigation measures will be required to ensure no adverse effects on the integrity of sites.
- 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.
15.142 An outline planning application for up to 360 dwellings on the site has been granted on 23/01/12 including a legal agreement (12/3114N). This application included a Habitats Regulations Assessment which considered the impact of the proposal on Wybunbury Moss Special Area of Conservation and Ramsar site. A Reserved Matters application has been granted for 200 dwellings on 11/12/14 on part of the site (14/3039N).
15.143 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 aspirations of ‘All Change for Crewe: High Growth City’.
15.144 The Wybunbury Moss Special Area of Conservation and Ramsar site lie within close proximity of this site. It is important that this site contributes towards habitat improvements at Wybunbury Moss. The provision of green infrastructure, open space and SuDS should reduce any potential impacts on European designated sites
15.145 The existing landscape includes some hedgerows and hedgerow trees of landscape value. Two ponds and a watercourse are also present on the site. All these features should be conserved, utilised and extended as part of the landscape framework and green infrastructure proposals within the development.
15.146 Contributions are required to be made for improvements to public transport, highways and education.
15.147 It is important that cycle and pedestrian links between the site and nearby residential and employment areas are provided, to integrate the site within the area and ensure sustainability.
15.148 Details of Construction Environment Management Plans, landscaping, green infrastructure and open space proposals should be submitted to the council during any future planning application process on this site as part of sustainable development proposals and their proximity to European site (consisting of either Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas and / or Ramsar sites).
15.149 Any replacement and/or 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’.
15.150 The council expects that the following are considered in the context of the ecological value of the site due to its proximity to a European site (consisting of either a Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Areas and / or Ramsar site):
- Impact on natural hydrological function, pathways, groundwater and surface water
- Impact on recharge to groundwater and consequent impact on site
- Impact on water resources
- Impact on water chemistry
- Impacts on nutrient status
- Risks from pollution during construction (e.g. spillages or minor pollution incidents and the storage of oils and fuels)
- Risks from misconnections, misuse of garden chemicals
- Impacts from changes to air quality from construction and ‘end use’ traffic emissions resulting in potential for increased nitrogen deposition
- Impacts from dust generated during the construction work
- Impact of increased foot traffic on the sensitive fen meadow vegetation
15.151 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.
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