Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

17/05/2018 - Adoption of the Cheshire East Section of the Chester Canal (Shropshire Union Canal Nantwich to Ellesmere Port) as a Designated Conservation Area ref: 2127    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

This report seeks approval for the section of the Chester Canal located within Cheshire East to be adopted as a conservation area.  The entire canal leads from Ellesmere Port to Bridge 92, Nantwich Junction Bridge/Nantwich Marina, a total length of approximately 28 miles. It was constructed when the Chester Canal Act was passed in 1772 and is the earliest part of the present day Shropshire Union Canal and one of the earliest main line canals built as a broad beam canal making it a unique part of this extensive and attractive canal.


Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council have already adopted the conservation area for the stretch of canal within their Borough.  Within the Cheshire East area the proposed conservation area extends from the Borough boundary midway between Tilestone Bank and Bunbury Locks, then running east and south to the north west of Nantwich, a distance of approximately 6.5 miles. It passes through the parishes of Alpraham, Bunbury, Calveley, Henhull, Hurleston, Poole, Stoke and Wardle. The Overview Plan in Appendix A shows the extent already adopted by Cheshire West and Chester (blue) and that proposed to be adopted by Cheshire East (green).


The proposed conservation area was consulted upon in the summer of 2016. Representations received were taken into account in finalising the proposed conservation area. Those changes led to the omission of a section of the canal between Bridge 92 (Nantwich Junction Bridge) and Marsh Lane to the west of Nantwich in response to comments made by the Canals and Rivers Trust.




Decision maker: Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Regeneration

Decision published: 24/05/2018

Effective from: 02/06/2018


1.    That approval be given to the designation of the Chester Canal as a conservation area.


2.    That authorisation be given to the relevant officer of the Council to notify the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England of the designation and to advertise the designation in the London Gazette and a local newspaper in the area as required by Section 70 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Wards affected: Bunbury; Nantwich North and West;

Lead officer: David Hallam