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.

Request to fell 1 Horse Chestnut Tree, 27 Dicksons Drive Chester Cheshire CH2 2BN

Reasons for comment: – Residential amenity
Comments: The Civic Trust objects as there should be more information on the condition of the tree. Currently there is insufficient evidence to support felling.

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.

CHESTER CIVIC TRUST PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

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Comments for Planning Application 20/03915/FUL 2 – 8 Foregate Street Chester

Refurbishment of existing shop units (Use Class E) and change of use and refurbishment, from Bank (Use Class E) to Retail (Use Class E) and a Hotel (Use Class C1), part demolition and erection of new 4 storey hotel extension (Use Class C1), landscaping and highway works

Comments:

The Civic Trust welcomes the retention and refurbishment of the retail units facing Foregate Street and support the view of the Design Review Panel that the development should be future-proofed against the over-supply of hotel accommodation in the city.
However, the requirement for vehicle access to the electricity substation off St John’s Street compromises the design with an unattractive new entrance which disrupts the street scene.
However, overall the development will be a positive addition to the conservation area with sympathetic new buildings and new life for the existing buildings on Eastgate Street.

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.