CONTROVERSIAL plans for an £8m care and retirement village for over 65s in Malpas have been recommended for approval.

A total of 120 objections have poured into Cheshire West and Chester Council opposing the development, proposed on farmland at Frog Hall Farm, Frog Lane, Tattenhall by homebuilders Seddon and the Bolesworth Estate.

There have been 15 letters backing the scheme which involves a £5m care home and community facilities and a wellness centre costing almost £3m.

There would be 20 affordable care units in total which involves 36 care bedrooms for those in need of 24 hour care, 21 close care units, said to be an alternative to the accommodation found in care homes, 14 assisted living units linked to the care home and 95 similar units for more physically able residents in need of some care.

The on-site facilities would be open to non residents aged over 65.

Tattenhall and District Parish Council is in favour but parish councillors in Handley and District oppose the plans.

Objectors believe the size of the village would be too large in the rural location and there would be traffic congestion and safety issues.

They claim the new build would be contrary to the Tattenhall Village Design Statement and not all the future residents would be drawn from the local area.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s powerful strategic planning committee will grapple with a 40 plus page report at its meeting in the council’s HQ offices in Chester this afternoon (Thursday) at 4pm.

Permission is recommended subject to 34 conditions and two legal agreements.