AN INSPECTOR is to decide plans which would enable a life long village resident to remain in the community in an iconic contemporary home.
The appeal has arisen in the grounds of The Old Rectory, Whitchurch Road in Handley, where applicant Mr R Lea told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council he was seeking approval for the new ultra energy efficient four-bedroom house.
Parish councillors did not believe the site was suitable for a modern house as it would be detrimental to the landscape and out of character.
Conservation specialists at the borough council argued the rectory was a prominent landmark of some architectural and historic merit at the entry to the village.
They were concerned the build would affect the conservation area and the grade two star listed tower at the village church dating back to the early 16th century.
There were two letters in support.
Planners argued the house would be outside the built up part of the village in open countryside.
Occupiers would have to use private transport to reach shops and services and the house would not enhance the conservation area.
The application was rejected.
For Mr Lea, head of planning at Chester-based Strutt & Parker, Neil Culkin, told the appeal he strongly opposes the refusal as the house would be within the built-up part of the village.
It would be 180m from a bus stop and would free up a home more suitable for a large family.
The ‘iconic’ design would contribute to the attractiveness of the conservation area. He described the refusal as ‘highly unjust and unfounded’.
The appeal is to be decided on the basis of written representations.