A DECISION by councillors to reject outline plans for three detached houses near land that was once a coal mine has led to an appeal.
The application was made by Jeff Price at 39 Riverside Walk, Neston.
The bungalow at the end of the road would be demolished to make way for the new build.
The issue was called in by Little Neston and Burton councillor Kay Loch (Con) due to concerns over the potential overdevelopment of the site and ground pollution.
Mr Price originally sought approval for two pairs of semi-detached bungalows but is now proposing the three two-storey dwellings as a continuation of the road.
Neston Town Council objected while Neston Civic Society believed the layout should follow the existing style of development along Riverside Walk.
Environmental protection officers felt the main issue was the potential for contamination.
They do not believe this posed a risk to residents but there was a need for further investigation.
The borough council had 10 objections raising issues from the effect on an 'extremely well used' nearby footpath and loss of privacy to traffic and the effect on wildlife.
Planners argued that while four new bungalows would not have met the guidelines and led to overlooking and loss of privacy, three dwellings would be acceptable and have no unduly harmful effect on neighbours.
They also pointed to the shortfall of housing within the borough.
Objectors told the committee they were concerned about environmental
risks and overdevelopment.
Cllr Loch felt the homes would be too close together and the stability of the site was an issue.
Area planning manager Mark Lynch explained this would be dealt with through building control.
Permission was withheld on the basis the homes would be overdevelopment and out of character.
Mr Price has appealed.