Homes plan would have wiped out old garden

  September 2015 :: updated August 2016

Development for walled garden site refused by Planning Inspectorate

"POTENTIALLY good news" has been received by Nantwich Walled Garden Society.

   In a social media-style posting on their website, the group says:

   "19 Aug 2016: Some potentially good news for the future of Nantwich Walled Garden, as the appeal by the site owners to the Planning Inspectorate has, following a hearing in July, led to refusal of the 2008 planning application for building on the site.

    "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 - assuring planners that they would restore the walls.

   As can be seen from the pictures of models of the plans here they are a substantial part of the plan. Had the developers been given the go-ahead there would be no room left for a garden - leaving just the homes to be added.

   However, the planning application as published on Cheshire East Borough Council website refers to the construction of six attached dwellings and two apartments. See the decision on the Cheshire East Council planning web pages:

Call to stop wall repair plans




How they would have looked

THREE views of the houses and apartments that the developers had in mind for the walled garden site on Kingsley Village housing development.

   Top left are the homes as they would have been seen from an upper floor of the Beatty Court retirement home. In the bottom left of the picture (white area), in front of what is the north wall, is Byron Walk. The gate in the corner of the east wall is currently a gap filled with a large bush.

   Above right is, of course, the development as seen from the opposite end. To the left of the image is a light-coloured representation of the corner of the homes in Byron Walk.

   In the front right of the image is a wrought iron gate allowing vehicular access from the roundabout in Fairfax Avenue to residents' parking bays. To the left of that (with the short footpath) is the original pedestrian gateway, that would be restored during the building of the apartments. These two features can also be seen in the close-up picture, left.

   The houses and apartments in miniature and the images were produced by model maker David Easton of Furness Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire. These were created for a planning application submitted to Cheshire East Borough Council Planning Department in 2008. 


(See panel about copyright below)


THIS is how the walled garden on the Kingsley Village housing development could have looked. The developers apparently had permission to go ahead but, like many local people, I would prefer them not be built here, making way for a restored Elizabethan walled garden instead.

   To be frank, I have no problem with the design and look of the properties. They would be a pleasant feature in the area. But just not on the garden site . . . !

   The sixteenth century walls, surrounding about half an acre of land, are a Grade II Listed Building. Yes, although a wall is a construction, such artefacts are classed as a building.

   The listing by English Heritage - recently confirmed - means that the wall cannot be demolished and must be restored, whichever option they eventually encompass.

   The wall was built around the kitchen garden of Townsend House which stood in Welsh Row until just after the middle of the 20th Century.

   Taking the opposing view to the developers' is Nantwich Walled Garden Society (NWGS) which was formed in 2004 to oppose development within the walls. Although part of phase one of the Kingsley Village housing development, the site has not been developed.

    NWGS is not opposed to the building of the apartments - especially in a time of national housing needs - just not on the historic walled garden site. They would      



prefer a site to be found on Kingsley Village 2 - the second phase of the development which stretches from the current houses right out to Reaseheath College, north of Nantwich.  (See this page).


My thanks to copyright holder

THERE is a widely-held belief that if something appears on a website it is in the public domain and available for use on other websites . . . without a by-your-leave or a thank you! This is not true. If you want to use something that you did not create - picture or text - you have to ask the person who produced it for their permission to do so. Thanking them is purely good manners.

    So following those principles I gratefully acknowledge the permission to use images of his models on this page by David Easton of Furness Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire.  

Garden campaign society calls for walls repair plan to be stopped

NANTWICH Walled Garden Society called for the plan to repair the crumbling garden walls to be stopped.

   Which, on the face of it, seems odd. They want the walls to be repaired, don't they? Well, yes, But it was the application to create footpaths and a vehicle parking area (see pictures above) tied in with the repairs that the society objected to.

   News of the objection was broken by the "Nantwich Chronicle" on December 30, 2015.



   The Chairman of the NWGS, Peter S.Harrington - described by the paper as a society member - was quoted as saying "As this historic walled garden is an important piece of the town's heritage and also acknowledged by English Heritage to be of national importance, we believe that the walled garden should be restored in its entirety. The restored Elizabethan walled garden would also provide the town with a significant and very beautiful visitor attraction that would


complement the town's many other fine historic buildings." 

   Peter felt that allowing the wall to be breached for vehicle access would be followed by a row of houses which would have meant any hopes of restoring the garden would be lost.

   NWGS asked people to send objections to the latest application to Cheshire East Council. The deadline for comments has long passed.

Development refused

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 one word 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 dropped off - they could fall on you. Some stones have already fallen off the wall.

Townsend House  |  Kingsley Village 2  |  Is idea "pie in the sky"?  |  Another aerial view of the gardenNantwich Walled Garden Society's website


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