The Waitrose chain has been given the go-ahead to build a new supermarket on the Boughton canalside.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s strategic planning committee approved the £40 million scheme, which also incorporates two smaller retail units and 120-bed hotel with bars and restaurants.
Boughton Retail Centre will be completely redeveloped and the proposals are forecast to create about 400 jobs.
Waitrose bought the centre in 2010 and the scheme further incorporates the derelict St Paul’s School site and former petrol station.
Boughton Retail Centre was built in the 1980s but two of the four units are vacant and some feel the centre is past its ‘sell-by date’.
Under the plans, more than 200 parking spaces will be provided underneath the supermarket with the two retail units fronting the main road.
The hotel will be the centrepiece of a four-storey complex featuring an al fresco bar, cafe and restaurant facing the canal.
There will be a new pedestrian walkway through the site and new footbridge across the canal to the Shot Tower site and proposed Chester Business Quarter development.
Work is expected to start in 2015.
See full story in the Chester Leader