A GRADE two listed countryside hotel made a successful application to go green.

The plans were put forward at Willington Hall Hotel in Willington Lane by Stuart Begbie.

Mr Begbie told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council he was seeking approval for a heat pump, nine solar collectors and two boreholes. The application included an underground plant room.

No comments were put forward by parish councillors and archaeologists did not believe the work would affect any archaeological remains at the property.

Although the heat pump would not strictly be renewable energy as it would require electricity, planners said it would have similar environmental benefits.

The solar panels would provide additional hot water.

It was hoped the installation would provide around 80%-100% of the energy required.

The majority of the work would be below ground and a separate approval for listed building consent had taken account of the effect on the grade two listed building, planners explained.

There would be no unacceptable effect on neighbours who would be more than 30m from the nearest borehole.

The application was recommended for approval on the basis the installation would provide a low carbon energy source with significant environmental and economic benefits.

The borough council agreed permission.