A CAMPAIGN to preserve the future of The Red House in Chester has had its application approved for the building to be listed as an asset of community value.

The Red House, located on Dee Banks, Great Boughton, has overlooked the River Dee since the 1850s, and currently houses Italian restaurant Et Alia.

But back in March we revealed that plans had been lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council to demolish it and build several apartments on the site.

As a result, Dee Banks resident Kate Cousens, who said the demolition plans came as "a major shock to many", launched a community campaign to try and preserve The Red House's long-term future.

She confirmed on the Let's Save The Red House Facebook group this morning that the campaign had been successful in getting the building registered as an asset of community value.

Kate added that the aim now was to try and find a business who will run it as a going concern – or establish a community business venture.

The owners of the building have an eight week period to appeal the decision by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

In a response from the local authority's corporate property asset manager Kathryn Jones, it states: "The council considers that the actual current use of the asset has community value as defined in the Localism Act 2011 and the asset will be placed on the list.

"The owner has the right to request that the council reviews its decision under section 92 of the Act. The deadline for this is set out in paragraph one of Schedule 2 to the Regulations and is 8 weeks from the date written notice of the listing was given.

"The property will remain listed while a review is carried out."

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Photo: Let's Save The Redhouse Facebook page.

In her message posted on the Let's Save The Red House group, Kate – who advises businesses on strategy, culture and leadership in her day-job as a director for HM Bamboo – said: "We have had our application for The Red House to be listed as an asset of community value approved!

"The owner has a right to appeal however clearly we have proven through this group that there is too much love for TRH to let it go without a fight.

"I know there will be lots of questions over next steps. The key thing I think we need to do next is try and find a business who will run it as a going concern – or we establish the community business venture.

"Either way this gives us 12 months now to work hard on keeping our wonderful venue alive!"

The full planning application which was submitted to the council by Lancashire-based Sterling Property Co. Ltd, proposed a total of two four-bedroom, four three-bedroom and one two-bedroom apartments would be created, along with underground parking and landscaped grounds.

It stated: "All apartments will benefit from a private terrace, garden or balcony overlooking the river, with the remainder of the site landscaped to form communal grounds. The existing pontoon on the river will be retained."