AN ADDITIONAL home was approved at a housing development at a village pub.
Outline plans were agreed in 2006 for four homes at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Coach Road, Hampton.
Applicants Mr and Mrs J Hibbert told planning officers at Chester City Council the development would use part of the pub car park and a grassed area at the rear.
They sought to lift a condition on the approval to allow an extra dwelling.
No observations were made by parish councillors, according to a report and there was no objection from the County Engineer.
Neighbours Mr and Mrs J Baker objected on highway safety grounds and argued that rented housing would harm the character of the locality.
They believed the pub would be left without a usable car park and commented: “Where the clients of The Wheatsheaf will park if the development goes ahead, goodness only knows.”
Mr and Mrs Baker added: “The small piece of land just cannot accommodate all the extra cars.”
They felt two socially rented homes in the development would reduce the value of all the properties in the neighbourhood.
Mr and Mrs Hibbert believe five dwellings could be accommodated within the development without causing unacceptable harm to the area.
The properties would be in a village location, planning officers pointed out and there would be reasonably sized dwellings and plots.
The development would not appear out of keeping.
There would be a new access onto Coach Road and each home would have two parking spaces.
Recommending the application should be approved, they suggested the dwellings would not cause unacceptable harm to the character or visual amenity of the area or the amenity of nearby dwellings.
Chester's planning board agreed on a unanimous 12-0 vote the development could comprise five dwellings.