Developer Morbaine has put forward plans for a seven-storey, 244-bed hotel on Hoole Way on a site where a similar proposal for student accommodation was refused consent in 2017.
Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker, the hotel is planned for a vacant site between Hoole Way and Black Diamond Park on one of the main routes into Chester city centre. The plot has been vacant for more than a decade and has most recently been used as a temporary car park.
Working with Nexus Planning, the proposal has been put forward in outline form by Morbaine with an operator yet to be secured. Cheshire West & Chester Council has not yet set a date to consider the application.
Nexus said the proposals would “seek to enhance the overall supply of visitor accommodation within easy walking distance of Chester’s visitor attractions and in a sustainable and accessible location.
“The scheme seeks to substantially improve the aesthetics of the site through the creation of a well-designed and high-quality development and in turn, redeveloping an important key gateway site leading into Chester city centre.”
The site off Hoole Way has a chequered planning history. A previous application for 376-bed, eight-storey student accommodation block on the site was unanimously refused by Cheshire West & Chester in 2017, against officer recommendation, with councillors arguing the proposal would “dwarf” nearby buildings.
In December 2017, this decision was overturned on appeal, with an independent inspector arguing the council had made “vague, generalised or inaccurate assertions” when it rejected the scheme. The inspector also ordered the council to pay costs after finding it had “behaved unreasonably”.
The site also previously secured approval for an office development in 2014 but this has to date not been progressed.