Plans for hotel on site of airport parking business refused

Planning permission to demolish a dwelling and associated outbuildings in the Styal Conservation Area and replace them with a hotel has been refused.

The Northern Planning considered the proposal to replace Lode Hill, where the applicant currently lives and runs an airport car parking business, with a 35 bedroom hotel at their meeting on Wednesday, 17th June.

The scheme also includes a restaurant and leisure suite, 37 car parking spaces, landscaped gardens, a new driveway, boundary enhancement measures and gated access.

Additionally areas of hardstanding, currently used for the commercial parking of cars would be removed from the site, which lies within Styal Conservation Area, the North Cheshire Green Belt and also within a designated Area of Special County Value.

The Northern Planning Committee decided that the proposal was considered an inappropriate development in the Green Belt and that very special circumstances do not exist to justify the granting of planning permission.

When compared with existing development on site, it was considered that the proposal would have a significantly greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt as the proposed hotel building is significantly larger and higher than existing buildings on the site. Whilst some existing areas of hardstanding were to be removed, this was not considered to outweigh the additional impact resulting from the proposed building.

The plans and information about the history of this site can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 15/0283M.

Northern Planning Committee, Planning Applications, Styal


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Neda Metcalfe
Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 4:17 pm
So car parking and traffic up and down Styal road and through the village is preferable to a environmentally friendly hotel and just 37 car parking spaces! I don't think so
Nick Jones
Saturday 27th June 2015 at 6:22 pm
The "YIMBY’s" (Yes in My Back Yard) and "COGS" (Concrete Over Green Spaces) campaign will be very disappointed with this outcome.........Its probably a sure-fire clue that CEC ( never previously hindered from encouraging development on green belt ....) probably wont permit "fracking " under the Carrs or Lindow common either......So although a conservation area ......The hotel may be out ( for now )......... but who knows what amendment and challenge may follow !