ATTEMPTS to build a new mini supermarket on an retail park have been thwarted.
A supermarket chain, represented by developers Kilmerlin Danesmount Ltd, had entered a lengthy application at a cost of thousands of pounds to demolish existing shops and build a store and office block on the site at Boughton Retail Park.
The move prompted residents in neighbouring Wharton Court apartments to object.
And planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester council gave them the news they wanted to hear.
The numerous objectors at Wharton Court saw their problems with the plans aknowledged. Planners said it “would present an overly-prominent and stark appearance when viewed from adjacent residential properties, causing significant detriment to their outlook and light and generating unacceptable levels of noise and disturbance for the occupiers of those dwellings, thereby causing unnacceptable harm to residential amenity.”
Wharton Court resident Clive Jones said: “If you bump into people who had written in they’re quite pleased that what they wrote in about was listened to, as I am.
“I’m not against someone building a supermarket there providing it is done properly. It’s a main entrance to Chester, it’s got to look decent and they can’t leave it to look dilapidated.”
The council decided the development would appear “disjointed, incongruous and inappropriate in its context, failing to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area and the way it functions.”
They added it would fail to provide a safe and attractive pedestrian link to the canal and decided the food store would have a “bland and industrial appearance.”