PLANS to build homes near a pub on the outskirts of Chester have been given the go-ahead, following objections.

Previously, a planning application had been submitted by Blueoak Estates for the site, for '10 affordable dwellings', although this was withdrawn in February 2020.

Developers Blueoak Estates then sought to build nine homes on derelict land in between the 10 existing, recently developed homes and the Cheshire Cat pub in Christleton. The site also adjoins the Shropshire Union Canal.

The plans were revised following feedback and reduced to a five-home development, with all homes classed as affordable.

Christleton Parish Council objected to the proposals, saying development on the Green Belt land would be "inappropriate" and there was already an abundance of affordable housing in the area.

A council planning officer reported: "The development would be in keeping with the previously approved, and constructed site which lies adjacent. The amended scheme would secure an optimum viable use for the site which is within reach of the services and facilities within a local service centre.

"Whilst the site is located within the North Cheshire Green Belt, the proposal is for limited affordable housing for local community needs that has been found to meet an identified affordable housing need...making it an appropriate form of development within the Green Belt and in terms of its countryside location on the edge of Christleton."

The plans were approved, subject to a large number of conditions to minimise disruption to the local environment during development.