MODERN buildings could be refused planning permission as Parkgate historic status is reinforced.
The borough council is carrying out an appraisal of its conservation area, which was designated in 1976 in recognition of Parkgate’s historical interest.
The village’s protected zone has up to 30 listed buildings and structures as well as other locally-listed buildings.
The Parade promenade, which overlooks the Dee Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest, is a popular destination for tourists and walkers and partly sits within the conservation area.
Borough planning policy and project unit manager Mike Worden said the re-evaluation was part of a project in which all conservation areas are re-assessed.
The appraisal involved reviewing the boundaries of the area and preparing a document called a character statement.
Mr Worden explained: “This is in line with what the Government expects us to do. We looked at Parkgate a while ago, with a light touch.
“Parkgate is probably one of our more high profile areas and is unique. Cheshire does not have much coastline.
“It also has some important buildings, and it’s that we are trying to capture.”
He said the final conservation would be important in helping planners decide what developments could be built in the area, and taking more modern developments out of the zone could give their owners more freedom to make changes to them.
“Since the original designation there have been some residential extensions to the area and this document is saying some of those should come out of it.”
Mr Worden said areas they are proposing to take out of the conservation area include developments of the 1980s and 1990s near the back of the imposing Mostyn House School, which overlooks the Parade.
He said: “Things have changed and we are just trying to reflect that are different from 30 years ago.
The deadline for receiving comments is February 5. For details call Sophie Norton on 0151 356 6670.