2:50pm Wednesday 21st August 2013
By James Wilson
HOMES and sporting facilities could be built on a Knutsford business park after its owner decided to ask the town if there was a need for it.
Bruntwood, owners of Booths Park, has this week announced that it is seeking feedback from residents on the possibility of new housing at Booths Park.
The firm has said any move could also mean added youth and development facilities for Toft Cricket Club as well as the possibility of providing a ground for the town’s rugby union team.
The announcement comes after the company received a positive reaction to its plans for more commercial space at Booths Park and is in direct response to residents asking about the potential for new housing at Booths Park.
Bruntwood has now pledged to look into the potential for new housing but only if it fits in with their ongoing commitment to the heritage of the park and its preservation as a site of historical importance.
There are 82 hectares available at Booths Park which could be used for future development.
In May this year, this plot was put forward to Cheshire East Council as a potential development site in the Draft Knutsford Town Strategy which forms part of the Cheshire East Local Plan.
That plan stated that an additional 460 to 1,250 new homes will be needed in Knutsford by 2030.
But Bruntwood has stressed it currently has no firm plans for this land it is now asking members of the community to engage with them about the potential for new homes.
A Facebook page – Housing at Booths Park – has been set up to enable local people to make their views known and ask questions. Local people can also log onto bruntwood.co.uk/BoothsParkHousing to share their views.
Bruntwood’s development director, Chris Roberts said: “We have recently submitted plans for new offices at Booths Park and during the consultation a number of local residents and businesses queried whether we would also be building houses at Booths Park.
“Currently, our only firm plan is to expand the office space, but we felt that in response to the comments raised during the consultation, we’d now ask for views on new homes too.
“We genuinely haven’t got any plans for a residential scheme, so this really is a blank piece of paper to find out what local people think about the idea first.
“We know that there is a need for new housing in the Knutsford area and that’s why we want to give residents a say and to tell us whether they are in favour of housing on Booths Park.
“We’re keen to hear about the number of houses people would like to see and what types, whether that’s affordable ones, those aimed at keeping young people in Knutsford or larger family homes.
“The Facebook page will be an open forum for people to make their views known and ask questions. We hope that local residents will join the debate and give us their thoughts to potentially help shape a future proposal for new homes at Booths Park.”
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