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

Comments:

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.

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