In the Connected ℱ-Deletion problem, ℱ is a fixed finite family of graphs and the objective is to compute a minimum set of vertices (or a vertex set of size at most k for some given k) such that (a) this set induces a connected subgraph of the given graph and (b) deleting this set results in a graph which excludes every F ∈ ℱ as a minor. In the area of kernelization, this problem is well known to exclude a polynomial kernel subject to standard complexity hypotheses even in very special cases such as ℱ = K₂, i.e., Connected Vertex Cover.

In this work, we give a (2+ε)-approximate polynomial compression for the Connected ℱ-Deletion problem when ℱ contains at least one planar graph. This is the first approximate polynomial compression result for this generic problem. As a corollary, we obtain the first approximate polynomial compression result for the special case of Connected η-Treewidth Deletion.