'UNACCEPTABLE' plans to develop a 700-space car storage facility for customers of a Manchester Airport hotel while they are on holiday look set to be refused.

In March, Cheshire Airport Parking Ltd submitted proposals to develop a 1,000-space car storage facility on the land formerly home to Caddick's Clematis Nursery, on Lymm Road.

The design and access statement, prepared by application agent Barton Willmore, on behalf of Cheshire Airport Parking, had confirmed the applicant's 'commercial operations' relate to the provision of off-site parking for customers of the Clayton Hotel at Manchester Airport, who wish to park their cars or vans while on holiday.

However, the company has been using the site despite having no permission to do so.

The police and council have visited the location and, as reported on June 26, a High Court judge granted an extension to an injunction ordering cars parked on the site without planning permission to be removed.

On July 25, the applicant submitted amended and updated information.

It is now seeking partially retrospective planning permission for the use of land to park up to 700 cars, retention of one building and the demolition and clearance of other existing buildings.

The application has been amended to reduce the proportion of the site which will be used for car storage.

It will come before the development management committee at the Town Hall on Wednesday.

Cllr Ian Marks, Cllr Anna Fradgley, Lymm Parish Council and Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council have objected to the proposals.

In addition, 136 letters from residents have been submitted to the council, with concerns including harm to the green belt, a lack of need, traffic and impact on wildlife.

The committee is recommended to refuse the application.

In a statement, planning officers said: "On balance, and having careful consideration to the comments received, the proposals are considered to be unacceptable and would be in accordance with the development plan and the framework (2018) as a material planning consideration."

Planning documents say the business operated by Cheshire Airport Parking provides 'competition and choice' to the car park operations of Manchester Airport.

If the proposals are approved, the cars would be transported from the hotel to, and from, the site by Cheshire Airport Parking.

The applicant has highlighted that vehicle movements to, and from, the facility would typically average between 100-150 cars on a daily basis.

But it 'notes' that these vehicle movements would take place 'outside of peak travel hours'.