Luxury homes overlooking Chester’s River Dee could sell for up to £2m if planning consent is granted next week.
Redrow Homes and Lloyds Banking Group is seeking approval at Tuesday’s planning committee (February 4) for 33 dwellings at the former Western Command Army site in Queen’s Park, Chester, latterly occupied by Lloyds.
Notes of a meeting between Redrow boss Steve Morgan and Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones in 2012 indicate the detached homes could sell for between £1.5m and £2m while the apartments could go on the market for between £750,000 and £1m.
The proposal is to demolish the existing buildings and construct 18 detached houses and 21 apartments.
Some locals had expressed interest in opening up the site’s Second World War bomb-proof bunkers as a visitor attraction because meetings were reputedly held underground between Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower and General de Gaulle.
The original scheme showed no public access but with the bunkers preserved by in-filling. Under the revised plan, the entire complex will be filled in but with the access points retained next to interpretation panels.
The council’s tree team has pointed out that there are ‘quite a few trees to be removed for this development but mostly internal and of a young age’.
The team adds: “It appears the majority of the larger boundary trees are to be incorporated into the new layout however there are concerns regarding the trees adjacent to Victoria Crescent which are very prominent in the street scene and it is unclear from the planning layout whether or not they are to be retained.
“Their loss would have a major impact and it appears they could be retained.
“Boundaries to the north and west appear to be retained intact.”