ANGRY residents oppose plans by McCarthy and Stone to build 45 retirement flats on greenbelt land at Watercress Farm, next to the Dairy Farm estate in Lymm.
Local councilor Ian Marks said: ‘This land is in the green belt and I don’t think there are any very special circumstances to warrant releasing this land now. It soon follows a proposal from Bellway to build houses and a medical center next to this site.
“These two proposals are premature because the local plan has not yet been examined in public by an inspector. This review is scheduled for later in the year and will determine if any green belt land in the area should be released.
“In 2007, McCarthy and Stone applied for planning permission for 53 sheltered apartments for the elderly on what was then Rushgreen petrol station, but is now Sainsbury’s. This was denied on appeal. Although the circumstances are different now, some of the reasons for the rejection of the appeal are still valid and set a precedent against development.
Clr. Marks added: ‘We have campaigned for years to maintain the gap between Lymm and Oughtrington settlements and this proposal would be a significant intrusion. The entrance would be at the end of Thirlmere Drive which is less than ideal. Residents are horrified by all the disruption that would result during the construction period.
McCarthy & Stone say plans call for the construction of 45 Retirement Living apartments set amongst attractive landscaped gardens with on-site parking. The proposed development is situated in a sustainable location near the center of Lymm, with all the amenities the village has to offer within a short distance.
McCarthy Stone conducted pre-bid public consultation with the local community on its proposals, including a virtual exhibit from May 6-20, 2022, which more than 2,000 residents, businesses and stakeholders were invited to view.
Nursing home specialist McCarthy & Stone seeks planning permission for 45 flats in Lymm