CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a helicopter pad in a back garden have been withdrawn.
Simon Barry, of Briar Manor, Oscroft, had applied to Cheshire West and Chester Council for planning permission to build a landing pad for his private chopper.
But following a request for further information about noise levels and a large number of objections from neighbours, the plans have been shelved for now.
Mr Barry’s planning agent John Gittins confirmed that concerns about noise were in the process of being addressed and that a decision on whether or not to submit a new application is yet to be made.
While many supporting documents were received by the council’s planning team, many objection comments were posted online.
Riding enthusiast Amanda Keech, of neighbouring Brookfield, said: “The very loud noise and sudden appearance of a helicopter landing, taking off or appearing in the sky from behind trees is a huge safety risk when riding or handling horses or ponies.”
Christine Hibbert of Oscroft Farm added: “The noise levels would be intolerable and disturb the current rural environment. The claim that a helicopter produces the same noise level as a car is a joke.”
Mr Barry’s dad Jeremiah, who holds a full pilot’s licence and claims to fly regularly to and from Oscroft, said that he was made subject to slanderous comments at a local meeting.
He said: “A helicopter is using Oscroft village most days with no objections from neighbours.
“All comments that have been posted online in my opinion have started from one neighbour with a grudge and nothing to do with noise or horses.”