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Cheshire East Council backs eco-homes alongside wetland restoration

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Planning permission has been granted for the construction of 14-eco homes near Wilmslow, Cheshire as part of a development which will also restore an ancient peat bog to wetland habitat.

Cheshire East Council’s planning committee has approved the plans which will see 14 bespoke family homes constructed next to the Lindow Moss peat extraction site. The scheme will see the peat bogland restored as a wetland habitat for birds and a variety of protected species. The site is owned by Messrs Bond and Rowland, and has been used for peat extraction since the 1950s.

The 1.76ha site is located south of the peat bog and forms part of Cheshire’s green belt. The scheme’s design aims to limit its impact on the openness of the green belt by clustering the homes in small groups. Existing landscaping and mature trees around the site will be retained to aid in reducing the development's visual impacts.

The homes will also benefit from high levels of thermal insulation, surpassing those required by current building regulations. They will also use solar photovoltaic panels, while solar chimneys will be integrated into the design to encourage natural ventilation.

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