COUNCILLORS have rejected the advice of planners and turned down plans for four new flats in Barnton.
The scheme was submitted by Mr S Davenport and was on vacant sloping land beside 107 Runcorn Road.
The development was reported to Cheshire West’s planning committee at the request of Marbury councillor Norman Wright (Con) as there were no proposals for off-street car parking.
Barnton Parish Council objected due to the lack of parking and argued the apartments would have a detrimental effect on people living nearby due to the lack of spaces.
Planning officers said the redevelopment would fit in well with nearby terrace properties.
Recommending approval, subject to conditions, they suggested a legal agreement to secure a contribution of £2,034 to improve open space in the area.
Environmental officers said measures should be included to protect the apartments from noise.
Development control manager Mark Lynch told councillors the lack of parking had been looked at ‘very carefully’ by highway officers and would be in line with national advice as the local shops were in walking distance.
Cllr Malcolm Byram (Con, Marbury) pointed out there were double yellow lines on the road while Cllr Wright argued there was constant congestion.
He said the occupiers would have nowhere to park.Š
Deputy chairman Cllr Andrew Storrar (Con, Saughall) asked: “What are the chances of success at an appeal?” Mr Lynch felt refusal would place the council in a difficult situation with the risk they would be faced with costs.Š
Councillors decided to reject plans on a 5-4 vote.