A planned new house on the outskirts of Ellesmere has been recommended for refusal.

Mr and Mrs Hearn want to build a home east of Lea Hall Farm, Lee, near Ellesmere.

The plans have already been refused as an outline and then withdrawn prior to going before committee in February.

Now Shropshire Council’s North Planning Committee are being asked by officers to refuse the final plans.

Ollie Thomas, planning case officer, said: “The proposed development site, in replacement of an existing agricultural building, is considered to be located on the edge of the settlement of Lee, a designated community cluster as found in the SAMDev Plan, whereby the type and form of development fails to comply with the specific settlement policy requirements, in that only limited infill and conversions will be acceptable.

“The proposed development cannot be considered as infill development due to its location with any residential development in this location having an adverse impact upon the immediate and wider character and setting of both the settlement and landscape.”

He adds: “The application site lies adjacent to, and forms part of, the historic farmstead to Lea Hall Farm, of which lies a Grade Two listed barn and other non-designated heritage assets.

“The accompanying Heritage Impact Assessment is not concurred with, in which the Local Planning Authority consider the proposed development will amount to less than substantial harm to the significance of these assets, in that it does not preserve these assets or their setting, whereby there are no public benefits resultant of the scheme to be weighted against this harm.

“The proposed development would result in indirect harm to the significance of the heritage assets through inappropriate development within their setting.

“Accordingly, therefore, the application is considered contrary to adopted planning policies.

“The applicants have also recently sought permission for a similar scheme on land within the private garden space of the main farmhouse, this too was withdrawn due to the application being sought in outline.”