The Limes Hotel 12 Hoole Road Chester CH2 3NJ : Change of use from guest house accommodation to self contained residential flats

Chester Civic Trust objects for the following reasons:

Policy DM22 of the CWAC Local Plan Part 2 states in para. 12.35 ‘ Dwellings created through the conversion/sub-division of an existing dwelling house should provide adequate accommodation, and not compromise living standards especially where smaller units are provided.’
It is considered that the space created by this conversion for individual flats does not comply with this policy particularly the proposed bedsits in units 5 and 6.
Also no details are provided in the application plans of car parking, cycle parking, bin storage and communal outdoor space to serve the future residents.
We are concerned that if these issues are not addressed the development will result in poor living standards and should therefore be refused.


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.

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.


Chester Civic Trust announce winners of 2020 ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ awards

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:

Winners of 2020 ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ awards