Tarvin Lock Cottage The Holkham Chester Cheshire CH3 5NE:  Replacement of existing wooden gate posts and gate with brick piers and wrought iron gates

Comments: The Civic Trust objects to the design of the new gate as it is not in keeping with the rural and historic character of the original design and detrimental to the value of the listed building.

The Old Trooper Whitchurch Road Christleton Chester Cheshire CH3 6AE

Proposal: -Change of use of ground floor restaurant to a coffee shop with drive-through facility, the reconfiguration of the first floor to create 1 apartment and use of roof space to create 2 new apartments, partial demolition of rear and erection of a two storey extension, external alterations, access/vehicular circulation alterations, car park, amenity space for residents, external terrace for coffee shop customers, bin store and landscaping works

Reasons for comment: – Contrary to highway safety
– Residential amenity
Comments: The Civic Trust objects to this application for the following reasons:
– The living space of the first floor flat is considered inadequate.
-Access to the amenity space for the residents is unsatisfactory, cut off by traffic queuing for the drive through facility.
– Access for pedestrians is unsatisfactory as too much space and priority is given to car access.
-Traffic queuing at busy times may create congestion on the public highway

Removal of 2 Lime Trees, 1 Bailey Bridge Close Chester Cheshire CH2 2RH

The Civic Trust objects to the felling of these trees as they make an important contribution to the street scene and their removal would have a negative visual impact. Insufficient evidence has been provided to prove alleged damage to the property.

With the Northgate development construction well underway, Cheshire West and Chester Council are seeking suggestions for the naming of the new square and arcade. The development will feature an arcade leading from Northgate St. into a new square at the centre of the scheme, which will also include a new market hall, six-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes and a new multi-storey car park. A new flythrough of the development is also available to illustrate how the square and arcade will look at www.chesternorthgate.com, then submit your names at: www.chesternorthgate.com/naming before 16th July. A short-list of names will then be put to a final public vote later in the summer.

Cllr Gittins video: https://youtu.be/AY8-roBEO3U

The latest edition of our Northgate Project Newsletter is now available, with updates on the progress on the new surface water drain, the latest archaeology impact and the first school visits to Northgate.

Available via the Northgate website here:


For the latest aerial video of the site click here.

UPDATE: We are very sad to announce that 2021 is the second year that Heritage Open Days cannot take place in Cheshire West and Chester because of the constraints caused by the Covid19 pandemic. 2021 would be the 27th year of HODs. Chester Civic Trust and Chester West and Chester have been involved from the start in this national celebration of local history and architecture. However, we recognise that the volunteers, who would usually open their buildings and give tours of our heritage sites free of charge, must prioritise the survival of their own businesses and activities. We look forward to welcoming you to Heritage Open Days in September 2022.

Heritage Open Days (HODS) is England’s biggest grassroots celebration of our heritage, depending on the help of over 40,000 volunteers. Currently co-ordinated by the National Trust, Heritage Open Days “showcase buildings and hidden histories in our communities” Properties and tours must be offered free of charge. From the very first year, 1994, Chester Civic Trust and the local authority, with other local societies such as the Blue Guides in support, have organised Heritage Open Days, at first in Chester and lately in the wider region of Cheshire West and Chester.
The HODs Committee comprises volunteers from Chester Civic Trust plus representatives of CWAC from Chester History and Heritage, the Museums Service and Northwich Regeneration Team. Our work is to liaise with the owners of notable buildings and the tour guides who volunteer their properties and services to showcase the wonderful heritage of our City, towns, villages and countryside during HODs. If you are interested in joining the HODs team and helping in 2022 please write to the Civic Trust using the contact form.

Chester Heritage Festival 18 – 28 June 2021

Annually Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council partner with other organisations to tell the story of our city and its people.  This year the Heritage Festival will have a new format with many of the events on-line.

The Festival has a new website https://www.chesterheritagefestival.co.uk/ where details of all events, both physical and virtual, will be given prior to the start of the Festival.  Meanwhile for more information follow us on social media @chesterherifest.

The latest edition of the Northgate Newsletter is now available here, with updates on the start of the tunnelling for the new surface water drain, the latest archaeology, and trader recruitment for the new market.

For the latest aerial video of the site click here.