REVISED plans for a new local centre with shops, veterinary practice and housing for the over 55s in Sandymoor look set to get the go ahead.

A previous application by Lane End group had been approved in 2020 by Halton planning chiefs for a scheme between Pitts Heath Land, Otterburn Street and The Meadows housing development.

It included a Co-op convenience store - which opened last December - nursery, a row of retail units and housing complex for the over 55s.

But a changed application was then submitted which changed the make-up of the housing from 23, one bedroom flats and 20, two bedroom apartments to 20 one bed flats and 24 two bedroom apartments. The new application also features changes of use for the retail units which could see two of them used as cafes/restaurants. The other two units are still designated for hot food takeaways.

The proposals also include a public village square, but the size has been reduced in accordance with advice from Cheshire Police to avoid creating a 'gathering place and an opportunity for anti-social behaviour'.

The over 55s homes will be operated by the Livv Housing Group housing association.

Three objections have been received relating to fears over smells from food units and late night opening hours causing noise.

The Woodland Trust had objected  on the basis of damage and potential loss of Sandymoor Wood, which it said was an 'ancient semi-natural woodland designated on Natural England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory."

But a report to Halton Council's development management committe said 'significant discussions' took place with regards to the
protection of trees and the impact of the development on Sandymoor
Wood during the original application.  It said  significant ground works had started and the tree protection measures required for the scheme will still be relevant and in place.

It added: "Both Natural England and the Merseyside Environmental Advisory
Service have no objection to the proposed development. The proposed
development is therefore considered to be acceptable."

Halton Council’s Development Management Committee is recommended to give the green light to the proposals on Monday.