NANTWICH WALLED GARDEN - 1                                          

Setback for society in bid to save garden

  January 2019   (updated August 2019)                                                                         See links below for more pages

A NEW application to build six apartments inside the walled garden site in Byron Walk, Nantwich, has rocked Nantwich Walled Garden Society members.

    Last year they believed that all applications by the owners of the walled garden site had either lapsed or been rejected.

   And at the time they said in their Summer 2018 Newsletter "We are awaiting further news from Cheshire East Council or the developer."

   But the news that emerged was not what they were expecting.

   The planning application is for six two-bedroom dwellings, restoration of listed structure (the walls), and the creation of new vehicle and pedestrian accesses.

   A plan in the application submitted to the council shows the six dwellings with a garden taking up about half of the half-acre site.

   In fact, two planning applications were submitted to Cheshire East Council, the second one being for Listed Building consent. (Building? See this page on this website).

  The applications can be found on the council's website, http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning under Planning. To see them enter these application reference numbers in the appropriate box: 19/0015N and 19/0016N.

   The last date for submitting comments on the plans was Wednesday, February 6.

l Visitors to the relevant planning page on Cheshire East Council's website currently (August 2019) get a message saying that a decision on the applications has not yet been made.

l To read the society's comments on the applications visit their website.

 

IN an item posted on their website on August 10, 2017, the society said: "Following further unsuccessful appeals, the NWGS understands from the High Court that the Planning Appeal Inspector's decision to refuse the planning application now stands."

 

 

The north wall of the garden looking down Byron Walk towards Red Lion Lane

   It added: "A further matter to be resolved before any development could take place is determination of the ownership of the walls.

    "It is NWGS's view that, even if suitable    

planning  permission were obtained in future, the cost of restoring the walls in a manner commensurate  with their Grade 2 listing would  exceed the value of the site, so the land effectively has no value."

 

IN August 2016, the website said the NWGS had

 

received "potentially good news" for the future of the walled garden. A hearing in July 2016 "led to refusal of the 2008 planning application for building on the site."

   The website at that time added: "The NWGS is looking forward to working with Cheshire East Council  and other local organisations to explore the full implications and possible opportunities which may arise from this decision.

   The developers had sought permission to lay a footpath and car parking spaces on the site.

See how it grows

THIS is the walled garden site, photographed in 2014 after a particularly wet winter which caused a growth spurt in the greenery which fills the area.

  The image is one of many I took for the Nantwich Walled Garden Society as the web-editor of their website

   It was taken from the top storey of a block of apartments in Byron Walk, Kingsley Village, with the permission, and help, of a resident

   Just some words of warning: don't be tempted to go into the garden site to look around. The garden is owned by the developers and so you would be trespassing.

   But, worse than that, there is a well somewhere under all that "jungle" which could come as a nasty surprise if you walked into it.

   And, while the walls look sturdy enough - apart from where some bricks and coping stones have already dropped off - there is always a risk that they could fall on you.

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