12 Bridge Street Chester CH1 1NQ

External painting to existing shop front (windows frames and fascia board) and replacement hanging signs, Internal alterations to facilitate proposed cafe and artists studios.

Comments: The Civic Trust Objects to the proposal.  The Civic Trust have no objection in principle to this proposal for a café and artists’ studios but are concerned about the fire risk to wooden structures from the proposal for ceramics being fired in a kiln in the undercroft. We consider that a condition be imposed preventing the firing of pottery on the premises and any heat using activities that could threaten the historic structure of the building

West Cheshire College Eaton Road Chester Cheshire CH4 7ER

Remodelling and refurbishment of the existing Motor Vehicle Workshop to provide a new Multi-Purpose and Digital Teaching Block


The Civic Trust have no objection in principle to this proposal but are concerned that any increase in parking demand arising from the more intensive use of this building may not be accommodated on site and lead to spill-over parking on adjoining residential streets.

The provision of only one set of toilets on the ground floor may be inadequate


Land At 176 St Marks Road Chester

Erection of 1 dwelling

The Civic Trust objects to this application for the following reasons.

The site is too small for the dwelling proposed as it interferes with the safe use of the adjacent public right of way for vehicle movements. In particular there is the potential for conflict of vehicles with walkers using the public footpath contrary to highway safety

43 Garden Lane Chester Cheshire CH1 4EN

Change of use to a 6 bedroom House of Multiple Occupation for 6 persons and the erection of a single storey extension to rear (retrospective)


– Residential amenity
Comments: The Civic trust objects to this retrospective application for the following reasons:

The multiple occupation of this house has the potential to cause disturbance to neighbours and additional on street parking leading to a loss of amenity for existing residents.

The drawings show that access to the new shower room at the back of the house requires access through the kitchen and then out of the back door into the yard. This is an unacceptable layout for healthy living.

22 – 24 Eastgate Street Chester CH1 1LE

Refurbishment and security enhancements including replacement ground floor shop front glazing, new security shutters and relocation and replacement of doors at ground floor entrance, security wall at first floor (row level) as well as replacement advertisements including the erection of flag to principal elevation.

Comments:  The Civic Trust have no objection in principle to the refurbishment of this listed building but we are concerned about the demolition of lathe and plaster ceilings on the historic character of the building.

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

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.


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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.