A Letter from Nantwich

March 2007 (2) | Updated and edited in March 2015

Building up the housing stock in town

A theme revisited - and others. . .



This is how the apartments mentioned in a previous letter looked in mid-July 2007



An artist's impression of the development.

AS you can see from the picture above, works was progressing nicely at Sleeper's Point, the apartments development next to the Railway Hotel in Pillory Street.

   And I think they will undoubtedly be an asset to the area - better than the coal yards that used to be there, no matter how necessary the yards were.

   Yes, I do really.

   But don't think I am going back on my objections (Letter from Nantwich, November 2005) to the influx of new homes. I still think we are getting too many for a town the size of Nantwich.

   Someone commented to me that they didn't approve of a four-storey building on the Pillory Street site as it would dominate the  Railway Hotel.  But, as I told them, I would rather see a four-storey development on one site rather than have two lots of two- or three-storey developments on separate sites to attain the same number of homes. If we must have more houses, keep them all together on a single site. In any case, from the road you can only see three storeys (that's all the front section is).

   Of course, since this Letter was written more


houses have been approved and built, and (in 2015) that is still an on-going situation.


THIS is where I show my ignorance of natural things. I have tried to find out before and failed. I understand that water is not an element that is continually regenerating. Mother Nature doesn't take some hydrogen and some oxygen (in a ratio of two parts to

one) and mix them together to top up the Earth's  

water supply. What we have now is all we'll ever have. (See below for an answer).

   Is it any wonder we are starting to have water shortages? Just think how much water is "tied up" in a home: in the toilet(s) cistern and bowl, in the hot and cold water tanks and pipes and in the central heating. Multiply this by all the new houses being built and wonder no more about where the water has gone.

   And that is on top of all the water sitting in bottles on supermarket shelves, in water dispensing machines, etc . . .!

   Yes, I know the water we use gets recycled in one way or another, but every new home takes its share


of the resource and retains it until it is used, replacing it with the same amount from the natural stock, ad infinitum.


I HAVE to admit that the developments are changing the look of Nantwich to the extent that - in the main -

they are better than what was there originally, in the  town centre particularly. But I still feel that too much development will alter the character of Nantwich to the extent that it will not be the town that has attracted so many tourists. Especially if the town begins to look like any other in the U.K.

   And with the way people tend to move around these days with their jobs surely, even with a growing population, we have enough houses now. At one time "Only two left", "50% sold" could be seen on the

developers' advertisements, suggesting to me that

there should be a moratorium on new homes until all unoccupied ones had been sold.

   I know that developers need to keep building in order to stay in business - and if they disappear who will build homes in the future - but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. Surely?  



ANOTHER piece of land that was acquired for housing was the area in St Anne's Lane, off Welsh Row, next to the public car park. The name St Anne's Court had already been approved by the then borough council. 

   There's more here.

Bill has the answer

In his book, "A Short History of Nearly Everything", Bill Bryson has the answer to my question (above) about water. It isn't renewed; there is a finite amount. He writes:    "There are 1.3 billion cubic kilometres of water on Earth and that is all we're ever going to get. The system is closed: practically speaking, nothing can be added or subtracted. The water you drink has been around doing its job since the Earth was young. By 3.8 billion years ago, the oceans had (at least more or less) achieved their present volumes."

   Of course, we in Britain might think that an awful lot of water falls on us from the skies and that "1.3 billion cubic kilometres" leaves quite a bit spare for new houses, but the bulk of the water is in the seas - not on land.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, published by Black Swan at 9.99.

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