PLANS to build a farm shop in Penketh could be refused - despite 70 letters of support.

Councillors will meet on Thursday to discuss an application for Hollys Farm Shop on Tannery Lane.

The owners want to demolish the current shop and build a new farm shop and car parking in its place.

However council planners have recommended the scheme be refused as it constitutes building in the green belt.

The report states: "The proposal represents inappropriate development in the green belt and is unacceptable in principle. No very special circumstances have been evidenced which

would be sufficient to outweigh the harm to the green belt.

"The proposal would have an unacceptable impact on visual amenity and the rural character of the area.

"The proposal represents a new retail use outside of a defined centre."

However 70 letters of support were sent in favour and one against.

Penketh Parish Council also wrote in favour saying Hollys is 'more than just a shop' and provides educational and wellbeing in the community of Penketh.

While Cllr Eunice Peters (IND) added: "The farm works with local schools, nurseries, nursing homes, groups and charities providing a range of resources and activities.

"The substantial benefits to the community should take precedence over the proposal being inappropriate development in the green belt."

The application will be discussed at Thursday's meeting in the Town Hall at 6pm.