OBJECTIONS were raised to outline plans involving the demolition of a white rendered cottage, said to be a historical feature of a Chester hamlet.
Applicant Mr R Parker told planning officers he was seeking approval to replace two storey Dogwood Cottage on Shay Lane near the centre of Oscroft with a new property no larger than 12m x 12m.
Tarvin Parish Council objected strongly to the application and said it was contrary to the village design statement.
Dogwood Cottage was listed as one of the key buildings in Oscroft and was shown as one of three remaining original cottages appearing on a map dating back to 1838.
“With the demolition of this property, Oscroft would lose a main historical feature,” said the parish council.
Tarvin’s village design statement says the cottage, at a prominent position on the corner of the green in Oscroft, is a key building in the hamlet with the Methodist Church, Oscroft House and Oscroft Hall Farm.
Tarvin Civic Trust also lodged an objection, describing Dogwood Cottage as “one of the more attractive buildings in the hamlet”.
Planning officers pointed out the cottage was not listed and the city council could not object to its demolition.
They argued Oscroft has a mixture of property ranging from farm houses and Victorian family houses to housing from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
There was no reason why a replacement dwelling could not add to this range of housing.
A number of alterations had been made to Dogwood Cottage and they did not believe it had important architectural or historic interest.
Tarvin City Cllr Barbara Roberts (Con) said: “It is unfortunate it has not been listed.”
Pointing out the cottage was not protected “in any way”, development control manager Fiona Edwards said: “We cannot control its loss.”
The application was agreed on a 12-0 vote.