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Project: Saighton Camp, Chester
Type: Residential Led Mixed Use Development


Saighton Camp is a 40 hectare strategic development site near Chester.

Initially planned to be brought forward as a single entity for housing with some employment uses, traffic problems resulted in a three stage approach having to be taken.

Foul and surface water drainage were also identified as key issues by local residents.

What We Did

Weetwood addressed the drainage concerns of local residents by a combination of design and consultation.

Phase 1 (yellow) site was granted planning permission in 2005 for 103 houses and sold to Taylor Wimpey.

The Phase 2 site (red) went to Appeal over highways and drainage issues. Weetwood’s comprehensive SuDS based surface water drainage scheme allowed for surface water discharge into the adjacent combined sewer to be catered for on site releasing foul drainage capacity in the public sewer. Weetwood prepared an Environmental Statement chapter covering all aspects of the water cycle for the planning application and Appeal.

Outcome and Value Delivered

Through practical engineering solutions and consultation with local residents, Weetwood helped to facilitate the early sale of Phase 1.

At Appeal on Phase 2, in 2010 the Inspector found in our favour and recognised that the proposed SuDS scheme would avoid the need for the downstream sewer network reinforcements called for by the water company and estimated at £1.7 million.

Planning permission was thereby granted for 375 houses, 5,000 m2 of employment use, 500 m2 of ancillary use and a new primary school. The housing element was sold to Bovis working with Redrow.

The foul and surface water drainage proposals for the Phase 2 site embodied into the land transfer agreement allow for the Phase 3 (blue) site to come forward without any future restrictions.