A RENEWED bid has been made for tourism development on the outskirts of Chester.

The application, by Peter Dentith, has been put forward on Green Belt farm land at Rose Manor Farm on Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford, between the A56 and the Chester to Helsby railway line.

Residents are raising a series of objections.

Mr Dentith has told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council he is seeking approval for 120 caravan pitches and 60 tents.

His proposals include a shop, reception and office at the entrance to the development, amenity blocks and a playing field and play areas.

For Mr Dentith, architects Tweed Nuttall Warburton believe the need for high quality touring caravan provision on that side of Chester has increased.

They argue: “The site is ideally placed for pedestrian, cycle and public transport links to an increasing number of local attractions including the continuously expanding Chester Zoo, nature walks at the nearby Grange farm and direct connection to the city centre via the cycle track."

The majority of the caravan pitches would be in the valley to minimise the visual impact from the A56.

The development would use the previously approved access from the road to the earlier scheme.

Residents argue there is no justification to break the Green Belt and believe there is no need as they claim other parks in Chester are operating well below capacity.

The Green Belt in Mickle Trafford is described as ‘precarious’.

The increase in traffic along the busy A56 would be ‘horrendous and dangerous’ they feel.

The scheme is under consideration by the planning authority.