CONTROVERSIAL plans for a caravan and camping site in Chester’s green belt have been refused on appeal.

Applicant Mr Peter Dentith told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council he was seeking approval for the development at Rose Manor Farm, Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford.

The site, alongside the Millennium Greenway, would have space for 112 caravans and 60 pitches for tents. There would also be a shop, reception and office and three amenity blocks.

Permission was refused by the borough council leading to the three-day inquiry.

Inspector Mr Richard McCoy believed the main issues were the green belt, the effect on the character and appearance of the area and if there were any special circumstances.

The inspector found there were no special circumstances which would outweigh the harm to the green belt.

Dismissing the appeal, he concluded the caravan and camping site would be inappropriate.