Planning permission that was originally rejected for the building of 160 new properties on a greenfield area has been overturned in Sandbach. This could result in 7,500 homes, ad hoc and unplanned, according to an inquiry and might represent good news for tradesmen in the area, perhaps resulting in builders in Cheshire finding themselves with a number of jobs on their hands.

Seddon Homes and Taylor Wimpey are working together in appealing against the decision made by Cheshire East Council, which refused planning permission at a site located behind a Congleton Road property.

The inquiry was told that the major concerns being looked into were whether or not the council can prove a supply of new, deliverable housing land in the region in the near future, the effect of the appearance and character of the region, the loss of any countryside or agricultural land and its potential effect on traffic congestion.

Major said that the inquiry is without precedent, but that inspectors in charge of subsequent cases may find certain pieces of evidence to be key in forming conclusions.

Economic and strategic planning head for Cheshire East Council, Adrian Fisher, said:

“The appeal proposals are one of many development proposals now being put forward around Sandbach town. These include sites that are the subject of appeal or appeals recently granted, current planning applications, sites in pre-application discussion and sites being promoted through the development plan process.”

He went on to say that such a scale of development could further impact the surrounding areas.