The go-ahead has been given for 11 homes to be built on fields in the village where ITV's wartime series Home Fires is filmed.

More than 300 people had objected to the plan to build the eight affordable houses and three detached homes on the site in Bunbury.

But the scheme, which was deferred by Cheshire East Council's southern planning committee in February on design grounds, has the full backing of Bunbury Parish Council.

Parish council chairman Ron Pulford said today (April 27) it complied with the recently completed Neighbourhood Plan and he was happy with the design changes made.

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"The reason for our support for this development is the eight affordable houses," Cllr Pulford told members of Cheshire East's southern planning committee.

"Young adults in the village aren't able to stay in the village. They're having to move out because there are no properties available."

One objector who spoke at this morning's meeting said the village's heritage should be preserved, and that attracted visitors and helped boost the economy.

In pictures: Home Fires filming in Chester city centre

"Bunbury attracts revenue through tourism. Both homes Fires and other film productions have filmed in and around here and it's generated a lot of revenue and tourism," he said.

"There's also been 300 objections to this, not just from residents of Bunbury but people from around the UK and world who have visited Bunbury."

He added it was responsibility of local people to preserve the village's heritage.

Members of the southern planning committee approved the application to build the homes by 10 votes to one, saying the applicant, Rural Housing Trust, had made all the changes they had previously been asked to.

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