PROPOSALS for a new village pub led to concerns.

The development was proposed at The Farmers Arms, Huxley Lane, Huxley, by Mr D Lees who told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council he was seeking approval to demolish the vacant pub/restaurant/flat, set in open countryside, and to enlarge the site with a new two-storey pub/restaurant, an enlarged 46 space car park and a new beer garden.

There would be two first-floor flats for staff.

Conservation specialists at the council did not believe a convincing case had been made for the demolition of the white-painted, brick-built property, which had blue slates, which they felt was of architectural and historic interest and should be retained.

Parish councillors in Huxley supported the new pub, but were concerned it should remain in use as a pub for the benefit of the local community.

Four neighbours raised concerns although they said they were broadly supportive of the development.

The design of the new build would be acceptable, planners believed, and it would not be substantially larger than the previous premises.

Planners accepted it had some architectural merit, but did not believe it was of sufficient quality to justify its retention.

The application was recommended for approval and the borough council agreed permission.