Parkgate Road Campus University of Chester Parkgate Road Chester CH1 4BJ – Erection of a three storey Laboratory building and a two storey Engineering Design Suite (Use Classes D1) with associated cycle parking, landscaping and associated works; and rationalisation of existing car parks and creation of an additional 20 parking spaces.

Comments: The Chester Civic Trust has the following comments on this application:

Both sites are currently used as surface car parks so development will result in a loss of 55 spaces within the campus with a large increase in the number of staff and students using the site. This will result in significant increases in overspill parking impacts in the residential streets surrounding the campus which will increase traffic congestion and reduce road safety for motorists and pedestrians.

– Contrary to highway safety
– Contrary to stated policy

 

Beechmoor Nurseries Whitchurch Road Christleton Chester Cheshire CH3 5QD – Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment to provide an extra care retirement community comprising extra care accommodation (Use Class C2) together with associated communal facilities, access from Whitchurch Road, provision of vehicular and cycle parking, internal roads and footpaths, drainage infrastructure, open space and associated landscape works

The Chester Civic Trust have the following comments:

The site is an important gateway to the historic city of Chester and a high-quality scheme sensitive to the rural Green Belt location is essential.

The developers have made a good attempt to design an unusual and characterful set of buildings with appropriate materials and design motifs which will certainly produce striking development at a location which could be seen as an important and currently mediocre gateway site to Chester. The concept of a pedestrian ‘street’ to link the open spaces and the individual buildings is also welcomed.

Although we thought that the scheme is well thought out and sensitive to the constraints of the site, we are concerned particularly about the potential for noise pollution to residents from traffic and the height of the buildings.

The proposed height of the buildings will overshadow and squeeze the communal gardens and public square reducing a sense of openness and adversely affecting the well-being of residents. As this is a site in the Green Belt then it is important to retain a sense of openness as much as possible.

The overall quality of the scheme is being compromised by the number of apartments it is trying to fit on the site. A reduction in the number will allow buildings to be reduced in height, reduce overshadowing and overlooking, improve the amenity of the open spaces between the buildings and improve the overall quality.

The over-development of the site is also restricting the number of car parking spaces available for residents and visitors which is insufficient particularly when the frequent visits by care workers and volunteer drivers is taken into account many of which will require close and direct access to the apartments of residents with disabilities.

Relatives and friends of residents who wish to stay overnight will also struggle to find enough visitor spaces unless there is an agreement to allow visitors to use the adjacent park and ride facility.

 

Land Bordering Clifton Drive and Sealand Road Chester Cheshire – Erection of up to 150 dwellings and demolition of nos. 272, 274, 276 and 278 Sealand Road with all matters reserved except access

The Chester Civic Trust has the following comments on this application:

The Government has a planning policy that requires land for housing to be subject to a sequential test to avoid development on areas at serious risk of flooding. This policy has been followed in the preparation of the adopted CWAC Local Plan Part 1 where land at Wrexham Road has been allocated for housing development to provide for future housing needs for the City of Chester.
The application site is a floodplain and defined by the Environment Agency (EA) as Category 3 which is a site with a high probability of flooding. Furthermore, half of the site is Category 3b which is land designed to hold flood waters, to a considerable depth, at times of hydraulic stress.
The application site is allocated for open land uses in the Chester District Local Plan.
The site is not worthy of being treated as an exception to the sequential test, due to the severity of the flooding risk and the allocation of sufficient land for housing to meet future needs in the recently adopted Local Plan Part 1.
The development of this site would take up valuable flood water capacity so that in times of flood other properties in the area would be in greater danger of flooding. The effects of climate change are expected to increase the risk of flooding in the future.