Comments for Planning Application 20/03915/FUL 2 – 8 Foregate Street Chester

Refurbishment of existing shop units (Use Class E) and change of use and refurbishment, from Bank (Use Class E) to Retail (Use Class E) and a Hotel (Use Class C1), part demolition and erection of new 4 storey hotel extension (Use Class C1), landscaping and highway works


The Civic Trust welcomes the retention and refurbishment of the retail units facing Foregate Street and support the view of the Design Review Panel that the development should be future-proofed against the over-supply of hotel accommodation in the city.
However, the requirement for vehicle access to the electricity substation off St John’s Street compromises the design with an unattractive new entrance which disrupts the street scene.
However, overall the development will be a positive addition to the conservation area with sympathetic new buildings and new life for the existing buildings on Eastgate Street.

Chester Civic Trust submitted strong objections to an application for a large digital display alongside Hoole Bridge. The local authority refused permission however we have now been advised by CWAC that the applicant has lodged an appeal against the refusal of the application:

Site Address:

Land Adjacent Chester Delivery Office, Station Road, Chester

Description of Advertisement:New pair of illuminated 48-sheet digital advertisement displays Alight Media

Appellant’s name: Alight Media

Appeal start date: 2 September 2020

Land Adjacent Chester Delivery Office, Station Road, Chester

I refer to the above details. An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council to refuse to grant planning permission for the above proposal.
The procedure to be followed is set out in DCLG Circular 03/2007: Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.
There is no opportunity for you to submit comments. However, we have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.
If you wish to withdraw any representations you made on this application, you must make this request to the Planning Inspectorate. You can do this by emailing If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to:Mr Des Bowring, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3M, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN
The appeal documents are available for inspection on the Council’s website or at the area planning office. Should you wish to view the documents at the area office, please contact the Council, using the contact details overleaf, to arrange a suitable date and time.
You can get a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in advertisement appeals” booklet free of charge from the Planning Portal at or from us.
When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal.

Yours faithfully
Development Planning