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Farm buildings to be turned into holiday let

REDUNDANT farm outbuildings at the end of a no through road in open countryside can be converted to a holiday let, councillors decided.

REDUNDANT farm outbuildings at the end of a no through road in open countryside can be converted to a holiday let, councillors decided.

But concerns were put forward about the effect on a neighbouring farm.

The application was made by Mr S B Fielder at Highfield Farm on Highfield Lane in Coddington.

For Mr Fielder, Farndon-based Cheshire Building Services told Chester City Council the conversion had been designed to avoid any effect on the adjoining farmer.

But concerns were raised by Mr L V Dakin of Manor Farm, Peckforton, who owns and farms the farmland at Highfield Farm.

Pointing out the development is on the boundary of the farm, he said: 'The yard adjacent to the proposed development is used for sorting cattle into different groups, veterinary and medical treatment, loading cattle into trailers and for cattle feeding.

'We also dry grain 20ft from the development using a dryer that emits 120 decibels.'

Cheshire Building Services argued, however, that in a previous appeal concerning a holiday let at the farm, the inspector did not consider the noise from the dryer would be sufficiently loud to disturb holidaymakers.

Mr Dakin's concerns were supported by Coddington and District Parish Council which said it was concerned about the impact of the development on the working farm.

Planning officer Karen Warburton told councillors in a report the conversion allowed on appeal was closer to the grain store.

No objections were raised by environmental protection officers who said there were no environmental health implications which would give cause for concern.

Recommending the application should be approved, Mrs Warburton suggested the conversion met a requirement that agricultural buildings should be used in a way which would benefit the local economy rather than for residential purposes.

The board agreed that Mr Fielder should have permission for the conversion on an 11 - 2 vote.

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