A FISHERY has been given the go-ahead in Backford.

Mixed views arose when plans were put forward for a match fishery on Green Belt land.

The complex, with four ponds, parking and other facilities, was put forward at Heath Farm, Birkenhead Road, by Cheshire Oaks Fishery.

It was called into a Cheshire West and Chester Council planning board by Cllr Eleanor Johnson (Con, Mickle Trafford) due to the amount of concern raised by residents.

The site is close to properties on the edge of Whitby Heath and to the M53 and M56. It would be reached via the A5117.

Backford and District Parish Council was generally in support of the fishery but councillors in Little Stanney and District opposed it due to the lack of a business plan and a request for round-the-clock fishing.

Planning officers had three letters backing the complex and 12 objecting, raising concerns including noise, traffic, the effect on the value of surrounding properties and flooding.

The need for the fishery was questioned as it was claimed there are a number of fisheries in the area.

A fishery is an appropriate recreational use in the Green Belt, said planners and the proposed buildings will be screened.

To avoid disturbance to nearby properties, hours of 8am-9pm were suggested. No objections were raised by the Environment Agency.

It was recommended for approval subject to conditions, including a maximum of 114 fishing pegs and the number of car parking spaces should be increased from 70 to at least 90.