SURELY Nantwich has enough housing! Yes, I
appreciate the argument that as populations grow there is a need for
more homes. And why should people be prevented from living in such a
nice town as Nantwich?
It does, I must admit, seem a
little selfish to say that no-one else can come to live in Nantwich
(although I not saying that), which
we Dabbers all love so much. But is it?
We can't be accused of pulling up
the drawbridge. There are large new housing developments at Stapeley, at
Kingsley Fields and in the Marsh Lane / Welsh Row area, catering for
hundreds of new residents, that have been built in recent years.
Presumably the new housing is all in
response to Government policy about brown field land. But the time must come
when we must say enough is enough.
My argument for saying that is
not from a sense of not welcoming people to the town, but from a point of
view of the possibility of too many houses changing the very look of the
town that brings in the visitors. Tourists come to see our black-and-white
buildings and other examples of our history.
Who will want to come if Nantwich
starts to look like any other town in the country, with the continuing
march of new housing swamping the very things that make us famous
throughout the world?
If outsiders wish to buy and move into an
already-established home, that is fine. We will welcome them with open arms
- as we always do.
I had to laugh recently when
someone took me to task for making the town seem such a great place to
NOTE: Comments and details in this article
were correct at the time they were written although some updating has
And I've changed my mind about new houses !
live. "We don't want anyone else coming into our town," said the man - who
has lived here for all of 10 years or so!
To cram yet more houses into the
boundaries of this former salt town is just too much. Literally rubbing
salt into the wounds you might say . . .
The smallest of spaces seem to
come on to the market nowadays, claiming to be space for a single dwelling.
Of course, if the alternative is an untended eyesore, all well and good. Squeeze
But that doesn't mean that the town should pack in more and
more homes on site after site.
And "pack in" is the perfect term.
A fine old house and its gardens on the outskirts of town has just been
sold and will become the site of seven - I think it is - homes. All right,
perhaps fine old homes are not everyone's cup of tea and with today's
busier and busier lifestyles not everyone wants a large garden to look
after. They don't have the time.
I don't know about the house in
question, but it is true to say that just because a house looks fine
doesn't mean that there are not structural problems with it. And sad
though it may be - especially to old fogies like myself - to see a piece
of history disappear, it may be the better option, if there are
problems, to knock a building down and start again. I stress that I
don't know anything about the state of the
building I have in mind.
The site pictured above is the
former station yard
attached to Nantwich Railway Station. It used to house four coal yards -
whose well-known names included H.Chesworth and Son, and Gerald Fox.
restaurant is situated in the former station premises, and this area is
earmarked for housing.
don't wish to get involved in the political row that is going on about a
campaign to stop three-storey apartments going on the site - to the
claimed overshadowing of the adjacent Railway Hotel (to the left of the
I would just say that there are several homes already built in Nantwich
that are three storeys high and I don't think they look out of place at
all. If anything, they make the original Nantwich buildings next to them
look even more quaint. (Some of them are pictured below).
I think it is a case of three (storeys) not being a crowd when it comes to
these sites for homes!
In fact, a couple of developments have four storeys. Building taller property - as
long as a limit is put on it in terms of areas and storeys - seems to be a good way to accommodate homes without costing the town
too much land.
It strikes me that Nantwich has a more pressing need for car parks, but it is too late to allocate these last two sites for
that purpose - especially as housing has already been agreed.
Three new housing
sites | Developments to date