QUAD biking has approval in the Green Barrier on the outskirts of Chester.
The change of use of a field at Green Lane Farm, Sealand was agreed by Flintshire County Council's planning and development control committee after councillors heard a scheme to develop the farm as a caravan and camping site with a cafe and cycle hire facilities already had permission.
The application includes a change of use of a redundant farm building to tearooms and changing rooms for quad bike customers.
No objections were raised by County Cllr John Griffiths (Alliance, Sealand), Sealand Community Council, the Countryside Council for Wales or Chester City Council.
Flintshire Access Group described the development as 'excellent' although it pointed out there were no facilities for disabled people.
Sustrans, which owns and manages an adjoining cycle path, said it fully supported the tearooms but had concerns about the quad bikes.
Environmental protection officers said measures should be included to ensure that noise from the quad bikes did not disturb residents or people using the cycle path.
A redundant milking parlour is to be converted into the tearooms and changing facilities, councillors were told in a report. A field on the opposite side of the cycle path is to be used for quad bike riding.
Although the site is in open countryside, planning officers pointed out the application related to a previously approved farm diversification scheme.
Recommending the scheme should be approved, they said the use of the field for quad bike riding would not affect the openness of the Green Barrier.
But they suggested it would have to be 'carefully managed' to avoid disturbing residents or becoming a safety hazard to cycle path users.
The committee agreed the application subject to conditions.