Council back in spotlight as TV Planners series returns

Fly-on-the-wall documentary will again focus on Cheshire West and Chester Council

David Holmes
A BBC film crew films a special meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council where the constitution was changed to allow the student village application to be determined by full council

A fly-on-the-wall documentary that lifts the lid on the work of Cheshire West and Chester Council's planning department is back for a second series starting next week.

Permission Impossible: Britain’s Planners, formerly The Planners , is broadcast on BBC2 at 7pm on Tuesday (February 25) with the first episode featuring a proposal to build 1,500 homes near Ellesmere Port.

While many local objectors are concerned about losing the greenfields, one couple stand not just to lose their business but the home they've lived in for 22 years.

And in Frodsham, a property developer has plans to build two new and contemporary design homes but will the objectors stop the scheme from going ahead?

Each programme contains up to four stories from around the country including Cheshire West.

Forthcoming episodes in the eight-run series include the community’s fight against plans to build 78 log cabins in Delamere Forest, which is now going to public inquiry.

And BBC cameras captured the battle between supporters and opponents of the divisive Chester student village plan being targeted at the green belt between Blacon and Mollington, which was ultimately defeated.

Andy Scargill, of Friends of North Chester Greenbelt, who was on the winning side in that particular battle and is bound to feature, said: “We understand many of the characters well received in the last series will appear.

“However, one absence will be our own Cllr Myles Hogg, the very experienced and well respected chair of our strategic planning committee.

“He was sacked by the leader of our council for standing his ground on the now discredited student village application. One thing is certain, it will be geared towards mass entertainment rather than the sorry tale it really was!”

 

 

 

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