A DECISION by Cheshire West and Chester Council to reject plans for new build in the lawned side garden of a Green Belt property has been backed by a planning inspector.

The house was proposed at Chestnut Cottage, Rowton Lane, Rowton by Mr Tony Smith.

Mr Smith appealed when his application was refused by Cheshire West and Chester Council and inspector Mark Dakeyne was appointed to decide the issue.

The main questions include whether the property would be inappropriate in the Green Belt and if it would affect its openness, suggests the inspector.

He points out the development would not fall within the specified purposes under which new Green Belt buildings are permitted and concludes it would be inappropriate.

Although a double garage would be removed, the new build in the garden would lead to a significant increase in the amount of building at Chestnut Cottage and would lead to loss of openness of the Green Belt.

He says Rowton has a spacious rural character with mainly detached properties in landscaped grounds.

The space at Chestnut Cottage contributes to that and the size and position of the house would appear out of place.

It would be close to a footpath and would appear over dominant.

The inspector felt the development would affect the character and appearance of the area and would be detrimental to the Green Belt.

Mr Dakeyne dismissed the appeal on Green Belt grounds.