RESUBMITTED plans for an agricultural worker’s dwelling are recommended for approval.
The dwelling is sought by Mr R Latham at his poultry unit set in open countryside at Hobb Hill, Tilston.
The enterprise, which now has 16,000 laying hens, was established in 1996 with the erection of two large sheds for a broiler production unit, according to a report.
In 2004, following a decision to diversify, a free range egg unit commenced.
Earlier this year, outline plans for a worker’s dwelling were refused as Chester City Council did not believe the need had been demonstrated.
Mr and Mrs Latham, who have now put forward proposals for a bungalow with no more than three bedrooms, argue that as they live in Bickerton, four miles away, there is a need for the on site supervision of the birds.
They say they have suffered vandalism in the past and have had to use contractors for additional labour.
They are also worried that a failure of systems at the unit could be fatal for large numbers of hens.
Chester’s planning board is being recommended to agree that permission be granted, subject to a legal agreement, as essential need exists.