A DECISION by planners to protect a city conservation area has led to an appeal.

Councillors voted to reject plans to demolish a late 1980s mock Tudor property at Whiteleaf, Curzon Park North, Chester and replace it with a larger house with large areas of glazing, including tinted windows, metallic silver materials, balconies and 16 solar panels.

Speaking on behalf of neighbours and residents, John Morris told a Cheshire West and Chester Council planning board meeting at HQ in Chester there were strong objections to the application put forward by Mr and Mrs Coxon.

He suggested there was ‘no justification’ for a proposed increase in floorspace of 49% and argued the new build would be a ‘blatant disregard of planning policies’.

No other property on that side of Curzon Park North would be so densely developed and he believed the design was unsuitable within the conservation area.

Chester Civic Trust told the council it was concerned the house would be overintensive development and would not relate to the immediately surrounding properties.

For Mr and Mrs Coxon, agent Stephen Goodwin argued the council accepted the present property had a negative affect on the character and appearance of the conservation area and suggested the new build would be an improvement.

Overleigh councillor Arthur Harada (Con) said he had been alerted by residents and believed the application would be visually intrusive. Recommending refusal, planning officers suggested the property would not be well sited or designed and would be over-intensive.

It would fail to pay regard to local

Mr and Mrs Coxon have now appealed and a hearing is to take place.

People can give their views until Wednesday, September 8 by writing to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/14, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting the reference APP/A0665/A/10/2133015/NWF.