RESIDENTS have until Thursday to object to a controversial development on Chester’s riverfront.
Councillors had unanimously rejected a proposal to revamp The Groves Bistro and Bar.
The decision led to an appeal to communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears, who appointed an inspector to decide the issue on the basis of written representations.
Views should be sent to the Planning Inspectorate in Room 3/18a, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN by Thursday.
People should quote appeal APP/X0605/A/07/2058117.
The ‘outstanding quality’ of the design of the two commercial units, topped by 18 apartments in a three storey block and a green sedum roof had been taken into account by planning officers in recommending permission.
The Town Hall received more than 30 objections from people pointing out the site, between the river and the Roman Garden, is within a conservation area and is a “sensitive part of the city.”
The building was said to be “totally unsuitable for the site” and it was claimed the green roof was “a fashion statement and not a long term solution” which could attract litter.
Residents believed the bid was too modern and not in keeping with the Edwardian/Victorian feel of The Groves.
Opposition also came from Chester Civic Trust which was concerned about the height of the development.
English Heritage argued, however, the existing bistro and its surroundings detract from the attractive character of the area where the city wall is at its most visually impressive.
They claimed the development would be a major improvement.