Plans for housing on land in Burtonwood previously home to two pubs have been approved.
Oak Tree Developments’ application to build 10 properties, along with associated access and parking, has been passed by the council.
The site comprises brownfield land and was formerly home to two pubs, the Bridge Inn and the Elm Tree, which were demolished in 2015.
Previous proposals would have seen 18 homes built on the site.
The planning statement – prepared by agent Peter Brett Associates on behalf of Oak Tree Developments – says the applicant will enter into a section 106 agreement to secure two of the properties as affordable units.
It also points to the Government’s objective of boosting the supply of housing.
It adds: “The proposed scheme will redevelop a previously developed site to deliver a range of high-quality houses, in a sustainable location with good access to public transport and amenities.
“The proposed development represents a logical residential infill scheme within the settlement boundary, which was specifically acknowledged by the officer report to the meeting of the development control committee on April 28 2016 in relation to the outline application.”
The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied, with the agent highlighting the document to the council.
The planning statement adds: “The council continues to struggle to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply and so the NPPF directs the council to grant permission unless any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.
“There are no adverse impacts which significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme and there are no other NPPF policies which suggest that the application should be resisted.
“Moreover, the site already benefits from extant permission for up to 18 residential dwellings.
“Taking the above into account, it is clear that the application proposal is consistent with the development plan and benefits from the presumption in favour of sustainable development.”