A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a housing development in Whittington has been withdrawn.

The plans which concerned land off Station Road near Whittington C of E Primary School were initially submitted in 2018, with 52 residential properties proposed for the site.

It received numerous objections from residents in the area, with many believing the proposed site was situated too close to the neighbouring primary school.

After almost three years since the initial application was put forward, Berrys, the planning consultant for the proposed development, has now withdrawn the application.

An objection made by Alison George in 2018 read: “The access is too close to the school and will be opposite an existing lay-by/bus stop, exceptionally close to the pedestrian crossing and will disgorge up to 100 additional vehicles (based on an average of two per household) onto a main road that is already struggling to cope with the weight of through traffic it currently takes.

“As the main thoroughfare from Oswestry to Ellesmere, we already encounter daily queues as the existing houses park curbside so to add further congestion seems pointless.

“The school is running at capacity, and is over-subscribed, the local doctors surgeries are running with little available capacity so what is being factored in for all these potential services?”

Karen Evans also objected to the plans, adding: “Having the exit on to an already congested road is madness and an accident waiting to happen.

“With it being near a very busy primary school entrance too would up the accident stakes.”