CONTROVERSIAL plans for six new apartments on Kingsway have been blocked by a planning inspector.

Warrington Borough Council turned down the scheme in the summer saying it would be overcrowded and see a loss of privacy for neighbours.

Developers Emerald Bay Construction appealed to Government but it has been dismissed this week.

The planning inspector said: "The proposed development would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area and the living conditions of the occupiers of the nearby properties, in respect of noise and disturbance.

"These harms would be wide ranging and long lasting."

The site is situated to the south of 137 Kingsway North, a residential property, and is located in the Fairfield and Howley ward.

The application sought permission to build the properties, as well as associated landscaping and parking arrangements.

The proposals would have been designed to reflect the style of a detached 1930s style property, with a long ridge line and a hipped side element.

The scheme contained six unallocated car parking spaces to the rear of the building, accessed via a widened dropped kerb off of Kingsway North.