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Numerous attempts to build houses in the Sealand Basin have been rejected by the local council on the grounds that the land is part of the flood plain of the River Dee. The Civic Trust has consistently objected to planning applications for any further development in the area on the grounds that further building will increase the flood risk to hoMes and businesses in the surrounding area.

Yet the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has granted outline planning approval for 142 houses off Sealand Road on land that was used as playing fields by the former Chester College

The recent heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding that has closed the Deva Link, turned the Meadows into a lake and left local residents with waterlogged gardens and flooded cellars. The Civic Trust has questioned whether the flood protection scheme that is proposed by the developers will be adequate to protect existing homes and businesses from further damage from flooding.


Press Release-PDRs


It’s that time of year again – time to submit your nominations for our “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” awards. So, how do you feel about the things that have changed in and around Chester over the past twelve months? Please use the online form to identify your suggestions for The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

You can nominate new or recently restored buildings but please remember that the awards include the smaller, less prestigious changes to our built environment. Specific examples might be well maintained retail or commercial premises, good signage of a heritage trail, the introduction of public art into an open space, sensitive new street furniture or lighting. Within the city, roads and paving and ‘the public realm’ are all very important. More general initiatives which improve the city’s cleanliness and safety, or enhance the quality of public open spaces will also be recognised. Campaigns and initiatives that protect our heritage and provide public access are also important, as are contributions to Chester’s cultural and leisure facilities.

To nominate any item of your choice use this form  to make your nomination. Please give a brief reason for your nomination and indicate whether, in your opinion, it is Good, Bad or Ugly. Remember, this is a personal view: there’s no need to listen to what others may say!  You can submit as many nominations as you wish.