Development refusal for garden
Page written in September 2015 :: updated
A further update
THE refusal of
an application to build homes on the
Nantwich walled garden site off Welsh Row
has been confirmed, the website of Nantwich
Walled Garden Society (NWGS) reports.
an article posted on the website on August
10, the society says: "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."
adds: "A further matter to be resolved
before any development could take place is
determination of the ownership of the walls.
is the 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."
website item says: "This is still an
evolving situation and further news will be
published as it becomes available."
LAST August, the
website said the NWGS had received
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."
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 - assuring planners that
they would restore the walls.
can be seen from the pictures of models of
the plans (below) 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
The planning application as
published on Cheshire East Borough Council
website referred 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
Nantwich Walled Garden website
plan would have wiped out old garden
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 right
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.
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.
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.
about copyright below)
THIS is how the walled garden on the
Kingsley Village housing development could have looked. The developers
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
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
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
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.
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"
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
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.
people to send objections to the
latest application to Cheshire East Council. The deadline for comments
has long passed.
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
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 - they could fall on you.
Townsend House |
Kingsley Village 2 | Is
idea "pie in the sky"? |
Is plant a sign of things to come in garden? |
Another aerial view of the garden
Nantwich Walled Garden Society's website