Plan for 22,000 homes in Cheshire passed by councillors

Cheshire A proposal for 1,300 new homes on green belt land south of Chester is included in the plan

Councillors have agreed a proposal to build 22,000 new homes in West Cheshire and Chester over the next 17 years.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWCC) passed a local plan detailing where homes should be built which will be sent to the government for approval.

A CWCC spokesman said it would give it greater control over developers and protection from random developments.

Campaigners wanted to limit the number of new homes in the area to 15,000 as any more would risk green belt land.

Included in the local plan is a proposal for 1,300 new homes on green belt land off Wrexham Road, south of Chester.

Friends of North Chester Greenbelt Andy Scargill said the number of new homes permitted in the plan was "significantly far too high".

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Liverpool

Weather

Liverpool

12 °C 9 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    news on the hour 14:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Health Secretary's admitted hospitals on the England-Wales border, like the Countess of Chester, are facing "intolerable pressure" because Welsh patients don't want to use their own NHS services.

    You can listen to the 14:00 bulletin live here.

     
  2.  
    Liverpool Irish Festival 13:49: Jenny Summers BBC Radio Merseyside

    Coming up from 14:00 I will be meeting the man behind the Liverpool Irish Festival, which starts this week. There's live music too.

    I will also be chatting to two cast members of the Full Monty - let's hope they keep their clothes on!

    You can listen live here.

     
  3.  
    Wild weather 13:34: Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    tweets: Latest on the wild weather as remnants of #HurricaneGonzalo batter NW coastline. @BBCNWT 1330

    weather
     
  4.  
    Two mayors 13:28: Chris Long BBC News

    Among the celebrities that Rory Lewis shot for his Northerners exhibition were some faces that might only be known to a Liverpool audience.

    Joe Anderson and Erica Kemp

    Two of those were the city's mayor Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor Erica Kemp.

    He told me they were included because he "wanted to show all those people who make up the fabric of the North - that includes those involved in the day-to-day running of government."

     
  5.  
    Road blocked by fallen tree 13:23:

    Cheshire Police tweets: *Road blocked due to fallen tree* on Royal Lane, Eaton, Tarporley - Please avoid

     
  6.  
    Send us weather pictures 13:17: BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Please send us any pictures of how the weather's affecting your part of the North West. Latest information on BBC Local Radio

     
  7.  
    Coming up 13:12: Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Today at 13:30, high winds batter the coast as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the region. Jayne McCubbin has spent the morning in New Brighton with the extreme weather watchers.

    And we hear the warning from the Wirral teenager seriously burned when an aerosol exploded on a bonfire last year.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

     
  8.  
    'Soooooo windy' 13:07:

    WarrSouthNPU tweets: Eeeeeek! It's soooooo windy!! Watch your car doors when getting in & out, so they don't bang onto other vehicles etc!

     
  9.  
    news on the hour 12:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Strong winds have been battering the Merseyside coast, as the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the UK.

    A Met Office warning remains in place for our region for the rest of the afternoon.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

     
  10.  
    Bale out of Liverpool match 12:53: BBC Sport

    Real Madrid's world record signing Gareth Bale is out of Wednesday's Champions League game at Liverpool with an injured upper thigh muscle.

    Gareth Bale

    The 25-year-old Wales forward was an unused substitute in Saturday's win over Levante in La Liga.

    He has not been included in the 20-man squad for the match at Anfield, while Sergio Ramos is also missing.

     
  11.  
    behind the scenes 12:48: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    I'm with Brijesh Patel putting together a package for BBC North West Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Brijesh Patel

    We're at Perch Rock, where it's very gusty.

     
  12.  
    Final journey for HMS Liverpool 12:42: Liverpool Echo
  13.  
    Viaduct gusts warning 12:37:

    North West Motorway Police is warning motorists that there are gusts of around 50 mph on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct. They said if you are in a lorry think safety and ask yourself do you need to travel?

     
  14.  
    Man hurt by train 12:32: Chris Long BBC News

    British Transport Police say a man was hit by a Southport-bound train at Ince station in Greater Manchester.

    A spokesman says he was "struck and injured by a train" and was taken to hospital "with non-life threatening injuries".

    He says the incident "is not being treated as suspicious".

     
  15.  
    what do you think? 12:26: Tom Airey BBC News

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
  16.  
    Winds becoming stronger 12:20: Tom Airey BBC News

    BBC Weather reports wind strengths will continue to pick up throughout the UK today.

    Weather

    On Merseyside, where gusts of more than 50 mph have already been reported, we could see winds up to 70 mph until the early evening.

     
  17.  
    The windswept look 12:16: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    The just stepped-out-of-gonzalo to edit look.

    Jayne McCubbin windswept
     
  18.  
    Storms don't stop runner 12:12:

    The stormy weather is not stopping some people, like this runner in Crosby, Merseyside.

    runner crosby

    Email your pictures to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     
  19.  
    Train problems 12:06:

    Merseyrail emails to say due to signalling problems between Moorfields and Sandhills the Kirkby line is disrupted.

    Also, there's still disruption after earlier electrical supply problems between Chester and Bache the Chester line.

    Train services between Hunts Cross and Southport have returned to normal.

     
  20.  
    Windy on motorways 12:02: Tom Airey BBC News

    Strong winds are causing slow traffic on motorways in Cheshire, with the M6 and M56 both affected.

    On the M6 there's 50 mph signs between Junction 20 for the Lymm Interchange and Junction 21 for Woolston.

    Drivers have been told to approach a section of the M56 with care, with winds causing issues between Junction 12 at Runcorn and Junction 14 for Hapsford.

     
  21.  
    news on the hour 12:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Gusts of more than 50 mph have been recorded on Merseyside as the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the UK.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

     
  22.  
    Person hit by train 11:56: Chris Long BBC News

    I'm checking out reports that a person has been hit by a train on the line between Manchester Victoria and Southport.

    Northern Rail say the person was hit at Ince in Greater Manchester and all lines there are currently blocked.

     
  23.  
    Real arrival 11:51:

    realmadrid tweets: ¡De camino a Liverpool! #LIVvsRealMadrid #HalaMadrid

    Real Madrid
     
  24.  
    Weather watching 11:44: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    I'm with weather twitchers Ivan and Stuart (pictured, left) who are snapping the remnants of former Hurricane Gonzalo at Perch Rock.

    weather twitchers

    It's wild and BBC camera operator Brijesh Patel is only just standing.

     
  25.  
    'Charged to advertise' 11:41: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    The issue of paying for plastic bags in supermarkets has prompted a healthy debate on BBC Merseyside's Facebook page.

    FB

    Above are a few of the responses so far.

     
  26.  
    Councillor cuts 11:36: Claire Hamilton Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm looking at a plan to cut the number of councillors in Wirral, which will be discussed in detail early next year.

    Wirral Council

    The idea was put forward last night by Conservatives who believe slashing the number of councillors from 66 to 44 would save money.

    It has been referred to the authority's policy and performance committee.

     
  27.  
    Liverpool's tough test 11:24: BBC Sport
  28.  
    Scottie Road 'free school' 11:18: Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine

    In the 1970s, idealistic young activists created a wave of experimental schools - no compulsory lessons, no timetables, no rules.

    Scotland Road free school

    So what happened to the kids who attended these free-for-alls? One such set of utopian classrooms was in Scotland Road where the children recall the "hippy food" and licence to swear.

     
  29.  
    Carrier bag charge 11:12: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 5p charge on throwaway carrier bags came into force in Scotland yesterday.

    shopping bags

    England is expected to do the same next autumn, so are you happy to pay for carrier bags? Would it encourage you to recycle?

    Get in touch via email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

     
  30.  
    'Business as usual' 11:07: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    I've been in contact with Liverpool John Lennon Airport to see if today's weather has impacted on flights at all.

    John Lennon Airport

    They have told me it's "all business as usual" and the only delayed flight this morning was not weather-related. There hasn't been any cancellations, either.

     
  31.  
    Tree down in Wavertree 11:02: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've witnessed the storm damage at Wavertree playground in South Liverpool as a tree is down.

    storm damage

    Do you have any pictures of damage after the high winds? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk or Tweet us.

     
  32.  
    news on the hour 10:59: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Strong winds caused by the remnants of former Hurricane Gonzalo are expected to cause disruption across much of the North West today.

    A yellow warning is in place across our region for gales - it means be prepared for the bad weather.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin.

     
  33.  
    Paperback typer 10:55: Liverpool Echo
  34.  
    MAN KILLED IN CRASH 10:50: Lynette Horsburgh BBC News

    A man has died after the car he was driving crashed into a railway bridge near St. Helens Rugby Club's Langtree Park stadium.

    Peasley Cross Lane, St Helens

    Police said it happened shortly before 04:30 on Peasley Cross Lane.

    He was the sole occupant of the Fiesta, said Merseyside Police, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

     
  35.  
    Gusts of up to 70 mph 10:39:

    The Met Office tweets: Gusts of 50 mph still likely inland and up to 70 mph in exposed coastal areas bit.ly/1ed1LTH #weatheraware

    weather warning
     
  36.  
    Increase in abandoned animals 10:34: Tom Airey BBC News

    The RSPCA has said it has seen "an alarming increase" in animals being abandoned.

    RSPCA van

    In England and Wales, the animal charity has been called out to deal with almost 30,000 reports of abandoned animals this year in England and Wales.

    On Merseyside, 918 incidents have been reported between January and October, a spokesman said.

     
  37.  
    Slow down in winds 10:24:

    Cheshire Fire tweets: Really high winds across Cheshire this morning. #SlowDown if you're driving this morning cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/la...

    awful weather
     
  38.  
    Wild at Perch rock 10:13: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    It's wild at Perch Rock this morning and former Hurricane Gonzalo is blowing me off my feet!

    perch rock

    I'm pleased to say it was pretty calm on the roads coming through Merseyside.

     
  39.  
    Hillsborough Inquests 10:08: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    A retired senior police officer has defended reviewing and altering police officers' statements about the Hillsborough disaster.

    Hillsborough

    Ch Insp David Beal, who helped draw up the police's match orders, told the Hillsborough inquests he believed it was "legal and above board".

    He denied being a "key part of a cover-up".

     
  40.  
    Gales forecast 10:03:

    The Met Office has issued "be aware" warnings, with gales forecast for much of the UK, while BBC Weather said heavy rain was already spreading across many areas.

    Weather map
     
  41.  
    news on the hour 09:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK a yellow warning's in place right across Merseyside and Cheshire.

    In our region we are being told to expect winds of up to 60 or 70 miles per hour until around 18:00.

    Listen live at 10:00.

     
  42.  
    Mystery gadget 09:50: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's no secret that I'm a big fan of gadgets, but can you guess what my latest gizmo does?

    Snelly

    Email me your guesses or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

     
  43.  
    Train failure 09:53: Tom Airey BBC News

    Merseyrail has told us a train failure has caused services to be suspended between Hooton and Chester.

    All other Northern and Wirral services are said to be running with delays.

     
  44.  
    Bonfire warning 09:48: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside's fire service is using the case of a schoolboy from Birkenhead as a warning to others about the dangers of bonfires.

    Keegan

    I've been to speak to 14-year-old Keegan Morton, who suffered serious burns when an aerosol that was thrown on a fire exploded last year.

    The Woodchurch High School pupil has now fully recovered.

     
  45.  
    Beatles home sold 09:41:

    The childhood home of former Beatle George Harrison sold for £156,000 at the Cavern Club last night.

    Harrison home

    Harrison was six years old in 1949 when he moved into 25 Upton Green in Speke, Liverpool, with his parents.

     
  46.  
    Accident on M6 09:32:

    There are reports of one lane on the M6 blocked due to an accident, two vehicles are involved northbound at Junction 20 (Lymm Interchange).

     
  47.  
    Hurricane impact 09:25:

    As the North West experiences the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo, we ask: How do hurricanes affect the weather in the UK?

    BBC Weather

    John Hammond from BBC Weather can explain.

     
  48.  
    Traffic slow on viaduct 09:16: Warrington Guardian
  49.  
    Blustery Hoylake 09:11: Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    I took these pictures of the storm clouds and the petrol blue sea at Hoylake this morning. It was very blustery and I almost lost my hat.

    Hoylake beach

    Do you have pictures you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk or Tweet us.

     
  50.  
    M57 closed after accident 09:06:

    NW Motorway Police tweets: M57 has been briefly closed due to accident which has been cleared but traffic may be heavy n/b j5-6 as a result.

     
  51.  
    Railway bridge death 09:02:

    A man has died in a car crash near St. Helens Rugby Club this morning.

    Bridge

    Emergency services were called to Peasley Cross Lane at 04:30 to reports a Ford Fiesta had hit a railway bridge.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

     
  52.  
    News on the hour 08:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Strong winds are expected to cause disruption across much of Merseyside and Cheshire as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps into the North West.

    You can listen live here to the 09:00 bulletin.

     
  53.  
    Gonzalo's last hurrah? 08:53:

    As rain and strong winds are likely to cause disruption and gusts of more than 60mph have been recorded in the North West, you can read more about the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo nationally on this live blog.

    Woman struggling with umbrella

    A yellow warning from the Met Office is in place for much of the UK due to the high winds.

     
  54.  
    Weather with Eno 08:48: BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Full weather forecast with Eno bit.ly/BBCNWTFB

     
  55.  
    Chester line disrupted 08:41:

    Merseyrail emails to say due to a broken down train between Chester and Bache the Chester line is disrupted.

     
  56.  
    Runcorn Bridge crash 08:31:

    Cheshire Police is warning there may be delays on the Runcorn Bridge this morning due to an accident.

    Runcorn Bridge

    Officers are telling people to approach the area with caution.

     
  57.  
    Hurricane Gonzalo 08:22: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK a yellow weather warning's in place right across Merseyside and Cheshire.

    In our region we are being told to expect winds of up to 60 or 70mph until around 18:00 tonight.

    Airport

    At Liverpool John Lennon Airport flights are currently running as normal, but there may be delays if flights are held up elsewhere.

     
  58.  
    An extra Northerner 08:10: Chris Long BBC News

    Due to space limitations, I was not able to use every shot that Rory Lewis sent me for the feature about his Northerners exhibition.

    Emma Rigby

    One that hit the cutting room floor was this shot of the Hollyoaks and Prisoners' Wives actor Emma Rigby who's from St. Helens.

     
  59.  
    Top headlines
     
  60.  
    News on the hour 08:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A senior liver specialist at Aintree Hospital has told BBC Radio Merseyside there's been a "shocking" rise in the number of women dying from liver disease in our area.

    You can listen to the bulletin here.

     
  61.  
    Lady Lever's Lottery boost 07:45: Chris Long BBC News

    The Lady Lever Art Gallery is celebrating after being given £1.2m by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its renovation project.

    Plans for the China, Wedgwood and Chinoiserie rooms at the Lady Lever Gallery

    The scheme to restore the Port Sunlight gallery to its "former Edwardian glory" will cost £2.8m.

    New display rooms willshow off more than 1,500 items, including a death mask of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, a "world-renowned" collection of Wedgwood jasperware and some "exquisite" 17th and 18th Century Chinese porcelain, a spokeswoman said.

     
  62.  
    Winds on M6 07:35:

    There are strong winds on M6 at the moment between Junction 21 at Woolston and Junction 21A for the M62 at the Croft Interchange.

    Elsewhere, an accident is causing slow traffic on the M56 eastbound at Junction 14 for Hapsford in Cheshire.

     
  63.  
    Shooting Northerners 07:27: Chris Long BBC News

    I had the pleasure of speaking to photographer Rory Lewis about his Northerners exhibition.

    Beth Tweddle and Peter Sissons

    Rory, who is based in Liverpool and Manchester, has snapped everyone from Gandalf to a general.

    Among the famous faces he shot were Olympic (and City of Liverpool) gymnast Beth Tweddle and Scouse newsreader Peter Sissons.

     
  64.  
    Police weather warning 07:20:

    @cheshirepolice tweets: Strong winds and rain forecast today. Take extra care when out and about. #arrivealive #aquaplane #keepyourdistance #slowdown

     
  65.  
    M58 delays 07:10:

    BBC Travel reports one lane is closed on the M58 westbound between Junction 3 for Bickerstaffe and Junction 1 for Kirkby.

    It's due to an accident and slow traffic has been reported in the area.

     
  66.  
    Gales and showers 07:06:

    BBC Weather reports we may experience some gales today, with the strongest winds near the coast.

    weather

    Early rain will clear, but we're expected to see showers as the day progresses with a risk of hail and thunder.

     
  67.  
    Tuesday hello 07:00: Tom Airey BBC News

    Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Local Live for Merseyside. I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    We are starting the page an hour early today due to the expected bad weather, so please send me any weather-related photos or information you have.

    You can get in touch via email, on Twitter, or by posting on our Facebook page.

     
  68.  

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.