STEPS are to be taken by Chester City Council to check on the occupation of holiday lets.
The issue arose when the planning board considered an application at Poplar Grove Farm, Back Lane, Tattenhall.
Applicants Mr and Mrs A McAndrew sought approval to demolish a farmhouse and replace it with a new dwelling.
As part of the scheme, a redundant shippon and outbuildings would be converted to provide two-bedroomed holiday-let accommodation.
Tattenhall Parish Council said it was concerned about the long-term use.
'If the cottage were to be let on a long-term basis or sold, this would be going against local housing policy,' it said.
Ernest Dodd of Ash House, Wood Lane, Tattenhall, said he objected strongly to the conversion of the shippon to holiday-let accommodation.
There were already four permissions for conversions or new houses within 150 yards of the farm, he said.
Principal planning officer Stuart Barnes told the board any change in use of the converted shippon in the future would require permission.
The farmhouse, said by conservation officers to be medieval in origin, is in a severe state of dilapidation according to Mr and Mrs McAndrew's agent, Cheshire Architects in Tarporley.
The couple would occupy the holiday-let accommodation for a period of no longer than 12 months after completion of the conversion while the farmhouse was being built. It would then be let.
The board approved the application on a 13-0 vote.