The site extends to some 12.43 hectares (30.7 acres) and is located to the south of the existing settlement.
This is a proposed residential development of up to a maximum of 189 dwellings, Local centre (Class A1 to A5 inclusive and D1) with maximum floor area of 1800sqm Gross Internal Area (GIA), Employment development (B1b, B1c, B2 and B8) with a maximum floor area of 3,700sqm GIA, Primary School, Public Open Space including new village green, children’s play area and allotments, Green infrastructure including ecological area, New vehicle and pedestrian site access points.
The application includes the implementation of a new section of highway and footway connecting Peter Destapleigh Way to the northern boundary of the site. The additional access has been designed so that it links into the former Stapeley Water Gardens site, thus providing an access for the western part of that site onto Peter Detapleigh Way. It therefore not only gives an alternative access option but it also provides the opportunity to connect the former Stapeley Water Gardens land directly to Peter Destapleigh Way.
The first public consultation was held. Following the feedback and suggestions put forward by the public, Muller made a number of significant alterations to their original plans, including provision of a new ‘Village Centre’, a primary school site, more play areas, sports, communal and recreational areas, providing a further 800sq.m of employment space suitable for independently owned/small/light business use limiting the height of properties to no more than two storey’s, and inclusion of allotment in phase 1.
During July 2012 Muller undertook a comprehensive programme of public consultation and this was followed during 2012 and 2013 with revised applications including two appeals which were subsequently dismissed in 2015.
In 2015 Muller submitted a High Court Challenge on the basis that they Secretary of State’s decision was unlawful. A consent order was then issued, quashing the Secretary of State’s decisions and following a number of delays, the Secretary of State dismissed both appeals again.
Muller went on to submit their second High Court Challenge in 2016. Permission to challenge was refused but subsequently granted.
In March 2017, the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse plans submitted by Muller for 189 homes in Nantwich was quashed for the second time and a Consent Order was issued. 60% of Muller’s costs were ordered to be paid.
Muller then received notification, in August 2017, that the Secretary of State wanted to re-open the inquiry and in February 2018 it went back to enquiry.
Muller is currently awaiting the inspector’s recommendations to the Secretary of State. The council are stating that they have already got their five year supply; Muller is disputing that.