A RETROSPECTIVE application for a camping and caravan site close to a village pub is recommended for permission.

The change of use is being sought at The Shady Oak on Bates Mill Lane in Beeston near the Shropshire Union canal.

Approval is being sought for the use of the land for no more than 12 touring caravans and 12 tents between March and October each year, planning officers at Chester City Council have been told.

Neighbours on Bates Mill Lane object and say they are concerned about loss of tranquillity, noise and the unsightliness and size of the site which they feel is out of character with the surroundings.

They fear they will suffer loss of privacy and increased traffic and the site will affect the environment and lead to significant loss of value to adjacent houses.

No objections have been raised by parish councillors or by the County Engineer.

The land is well screened on three boundaries and is clearly visible from Beeston Castle, according to a report.

Planners suggest that with increased landscaping, the impact of the site would be further reduced.

To deal with concerns about noise, they suggest a temporary three year permission to enable this to be assessed along with the effect on visual amenity such as views from Beeston Castle.

They do not believe there will be an unacceptable effect on the privacy or amenities of neighbours.

Recommending the application should be approved, planning officers argue the site will enable public enjoyment of the countryside without having an unacceptable effect on neighbours.

The change of use is due to be considered at a meeting of Chester's planning board taking place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Chester on Wednesday, January 7 at 10.30am.