Controversial plans to build 21 retirement apartments in Malpas have been refused for a second time.

McCarthy & Stone Ltd had sought to demolish The Cedars in Old Hall Street and replace it with the properties, including community facilities and car parking.

The proposal was a resubmission of a previous application for 27 apartments which was refused by Cheshire West and Chester Council and again at appeal because of concerns raised over size and scale, and impact on the highway.

Planning officer Brian Leonard said the resubmitted plans should also be refused because it conflicts with the development plan, would be out of keeping with the surround area and would have a harmful and detrimental impact on Malpas Conservation Area.

He added: “The council has weighed the conflict with the Development Plan and the other planning issues and has concluded that the harm arising from this development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh any benefits.

“In essence the proposed alterations to the development fail to overcome the Inspector’s decision.”