Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones is backing a 65-home scheme in a Cheshire hamlet.

Revised plans by Marbury Properties for housing, a village hall and rural ambulance station at Milton Green were unanimously rejected by councillors on the planning committee but an appeal has now been lodged.

Cllr Jones (Con, Tattenhall) told the inspector in his written submission: “Regarding the first application I did not get involved as I was aware a friend was acting as a consultant to the landowner, however, I understand he has declared that he is no longer involved and was not involved in the amended application that is subject to this appeal. I have therefore sought legal advice and been advised there is no issue about writing to you to express my views on this appeal.”

Cllr Jones cited the approval given by a planning officer for 33 houses by Morris Homes which he understood had all been sold proving the popularity of Milton Green as a location.

He added: “In the time since permission was granted, Golborne Farm has diversified and offered accommodation for small businesses. They have now created a farm shop, a cafe, a flower shop and an antiques show room. This is all very positive for Milton Green and is enhancing sustainability...”

Marbury Properties had amended its plans targeting a disused council-owned depot and adjacent open countryside so that the affordable homes and community facilities were earmarked for the greenfield area.

But Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee rejected the outline application because of the detrimental impact on the character of the rural landscape and the site was not considered to be sufficiently sustainable.