WROUGHT iron security gates were approved at a late 20th century block of apartments in the city centre.

The application was put forward at Windsor Court, Duke Street by Mr Patrick Gage.

The pair of black gates would be installed to a courtyard at the apartments, Mr Gage told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The apartments are set in the city centre conservation area and in an area of archaeological importance, according to a report.

They are adjacent to the city walls which are a scheduled ancient monument and a listed building.

The parking for the apartments is said to be reached by a cartway type link through the building.

The pair of gates were proposed on the cartway to prevent unauthorised access to the private car park.

No objections were raised by conservation specialists or by the council's highways officer.

Planners believed at the gates would be of sufficiently high quality to preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area.

They would improve the safety and security of the car park and would not have any significant effect on the setting of the city walls.

The application was recommended for permission.

The borough council agreed Mr Gage’s proposals could be approved.