Decision day is approaching on a controversial plan to turn Frodsham’s old library into flats.
A report recommending the application’s approval will go before the Cheshire West and Chester Council planning committee on April 26.
But objectors have previously said the design looks ‘like a shed on stilts’ and are worried about the High Street site becoming overdeveloped.
The report by case officer Liza Woodray says: "The development provides new housing in a very sustainable location on a brownfield site, which would make an important contribution in maintaining the supply in the borough.
“It will also ensure the ongoing use and maintenance of this historic building.
“On balance and overall, the proposals are considered to provide a sustainable form of development according with the provisions of the relevant policies.”
It adds approval should only be granted subject to £21,000 of funding towards open space and a number of conditions, including limits on work and delivery hours.
Paul Butler Associates from Salford, on behalf of Library House Ltd, submitted the planning application to CWaC.
Initially they wanted to turn the library into 16 apartments, but this has now been dropped to 14, with a parking space for each.
Frodsham Town Council have maintained their objections on the grounds it is overdevelopment of the site and the design is not in keeping with the character of the town.
They have also questioned whether the amount of parking would be enough, as households often have more than one car.
Former town council chairman Mike Pusey was among those to say the timber-clad design of the extension looked ‘like a shed on stilts’.
Other complaints have been raised about overshadowing for neighbours and added traffic.
Paul Butler Associates said: “The extension’s exterior will comprise timber cladding which will provide a lightweight and visual contrast to the red brick of the original chapel.
“It will also reference the timber and chevron detailing found within the site’s local context.
“The new extension will ensure an efficient use of space for the provision of living accommodation, while retaining car parking spaces for future residents.”
The town’s library moved to Frodsham Leisure Centre in 2013 and the historic building, which has stood since 1837, was auctioned off by CWaC in February 2015.
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