Chester Civic Trust submitted strong objections to an application for a large digital display alongside Hoole Bridge. The local authority refused permission however we have now been advised by CWAC that the applicant has lodged an appeal against the refusal of the application:

Site Address:

Land Adjacent Chester Delivery Office, Station Road, Chester

Description of Advertisement:New pair of illuminated 48-sheet digital advertisement displays Alight Media

Appellant’s name: Alight Media

Appeal start date: 2 September 2020

Land Adjacent Chester Delivery Office, Station Road, Chester

I refer to the above details. An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council to refuse to grant planning permission for the above proposal.
The procedure to be followed is set out in DCLG Circular 03/2007: Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.
There is no opportunity for you to submit comments. However, we have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.
If you wish to withdraw any representations you made on this application, you must make this request to the Planning Inspectorate. You can do this by emailing If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to:Mr Des Bowring, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3M, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN
The appeal documents are available for inspection on the Council’s website or at the area planning office. Should you wish to view the documents at the area office, please contact the Council, using the contact details overleaf, to arrange a suitable date and time.
You can get a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in advertisement appeals” booklet free of charge from the Planning Portal at or from us.
When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal.

Yours faithfully
Development Planning




Proposal: Change of use from offices to residential (10 1-bed and 2 2-bed apartments)

Civic Trust Comments: The Chester Civic Trust recognises that this is permitted development and the LA has no power to refuse on grounds of acceptable living space of the apartments. However it is obvious that the proposed apartments are too small for an acceptable standard of living and should full planning permission have been required then it should have been refused on these grounds and lack of sufficient car parking. The Civic Trust would encourage the Council to lobby the government to publish minimum space standards to be met in offices to residential permitted development.

Proposal: Display an A-Board directly below the studio on ground level, outside The Carphone Warehouse

civic Trust Comments:  The Civic Trust objects to this application because:

It would introduce unnecessary clutter in the street scene and be a hazard for pedestrians to negotiate particularly for those with limited mobility or sight.

It would be detrimental to the character of the conservation area and setting of listed buildings.

A hanging sign would be a more acceptable solution.

This application is for the Virgin Money outlet at the Cross

Proposal: 1 x Fascia, 1 x Projecting Sign, 1 x Opening Hours Vinyl, 1 x Frosted Vinyl Manifestation, 1 x Printed Vinyl Manifestation and 1 x ATM Header

Civic Trust Comments: The Civic Trust objects to this application due to the design of the proposed graphics in the window of the premises which are considered too dominant and out of character with the building and the historic street scene.


Proposed: The extension to and conversion of former offices to create 19 residential apartments (including demolition to the rear and alterations to the southern boundary

Civic Trust Objections:  The Chester Civic Trust does not consider that the revised application addresses the problems with the development of the previous application and therefore objects to the application on the following grounds:

Cramped living space
The floor space of the proposed apartments are below the standard normally expected in new development s of this type leading to a poor quality of life for residents. The cramped nature of the site and the city centre location should not be used as justification for unacceptable living conditions. If the space devoted to the open balconies was to be incorporated into internal floor space then this may alleviate the problem.

Lack of natural light.
Some of the rooms do not have any natural daylight and this is totally unacceptable for decent living conditions.

Other concerns.
The lack of any on site parking will only exacerbate on street parking nearby creating potential highway safety issues.

The security of residents should also be considered and the site designed against crime.

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The Chester Civic Trust which celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year, has given its verdict on the best examples of new development, renovation of existing buildings and community projects in its annual Good, Bad and Ugly awards for the City.  Now in its 14th year, the awards highlight Chester’s buildings, places, spaces and projects in an alternative ‘New Year Honours list’.Nick Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and Partner at law firm Aaron and Partners, said: “These annual awards are based on nominations from our members. They aim to recognise the best changes to the Chester scene in the past year. We hope they will encourage higher standards of design and maintenance in our public realm.”  Read More:

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The inaugural meeting of Chester Civic Trust was held on the 7th January 1960 in the Blossoms Hotel. A group of concerned local residents had held a series of informal meetings during 1959 to discuss the major changes that were proposed for Chester. These included the construction of the Inner Ring Road, the demolition of the 1862 Market Hall, the development of the Grosvenor Precinct and the disrepair of many historic buildings in Lower Bridge Street and King Street.

The immediate catalysts for setting up a civic amenity society in Chester were two particular proposals by the City Council. The first was to approve plans to demolish the 15th century Bluebell Inn in order to widen Northgate Street and the second was to support the proposal for an eight-storey office building on Frodsham Street that would obscure views of the Cathedral and the City Walls.

In 1960 the nascent Civic Trust successfully campaigned and harnessed public opinion against both proposals.  This eventually led to the City Council abandoning the plans. Over the ensuing 60 years, the Trust has continued to be an influential voice in Chester, lobbying for high standards of design in new developments, the protection of both the natural and built environment and the preservation and sympathetic re-use of historic buildings.