A FREE standing smoking shelter has permission at a suburban Chester pub despite opposition from parish councillors.

The timber framed shelter, with a clear roof and glazed infill panels, is proposed by the Spirit Group at The Egerton Arms, 76 Liverpool Road, Upton.

Its position, in a rear yard at the pub, led to objections from Upton by Chester and District Parish Council.

Councillors argue the shelter will be in a prominent position on Mill Lane and will become a congregating place for youths.

The council believes there are plenty of other less conspicuous locations available.

No comments were made by neighbours.

The shelter has a modern design, according to planning officers and will not have a detrimental effect on the character of the area.

It will not affect surrounding residential properties.

The application was recommended for approval and the city's planning board agreed the shelter without debate.

The pub company says planters will be provided to help soften the appearance of the area around the shelter.

It is part of a refurbishment of the pub including improvements to make the premises more pleasant and user friendly for both able bodied customers and patrons with disabilities.

The creation of level and easy access throughout will reduce the number of raised areas.