FRESH plans to demolish a car wash facility in Chester and replace it with a self-storage unit have been given the go-ahead.

The proposal put forward by Storage King for the vacant site off Hartford Way, near both the Tesco and Aldi stores, was approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council yesterday (November 16).

The new self-storage unit, which will create three jobs, includes a reception, unloading bay and parking areas.

Storage King already have a building adjacent to the site, formerly occupied by Excellent Hand Car Wash And Valeting Centre, which is separated by access to the sewage works.

The site previously had planning permission granted for a self-storage building back in 2017, but that has since expired.

In a report recommending that the application is approved, council case officer Edward Shepherd stated: "The proposed new building is designed to be a modern unit.

"Initially, it was considered that the overall appearance was unacceptable as it didn't directly respond to the character of any of the existing commercial buildings within the immediate area.

"Neighbouring units by comparison are typically traditional warehouse buildings. The surrounding units are generally smaller in mass.

"There are some examples of taller buildings within the vicinity, but their bulk has been softened through larger plot sizes and more significant setbacks."

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He added: "Amended plans have since been received in response to concerns with respect to massing and design. The amendments have reduced the floor space and help to soften the perceived height of the building.

"It is now considered that whilst the building would be prominent – particularly when travelling towards the site along Hartford Way, given the characteristics of the wider site the ultimate design would not be unacceptable.

"This judgement is having regard to the adequate amounts of landscaping – a planting plan will be conditioned – and the layout of the surrounding units, ensuing there is a reasonable distance to create some sense of openness."

The report states that the application site falls within a flood zone but that the area does already benefit from flood defences and the applicant has demonstrated that "the proposal would not result in unacceptable levels of flooding".

One comment on the application was submitted by Chester Cycling Campaign asking that two types of cycle parking should be provided – secure and covered for staff and Sheffield parking for customers.

The report states: "A condition will be added to ensure that prior to first use of the building, the type and design of cycle parking be agreed and installed, and retained in place thereafter. There is enough space to ensure adequate cycle parking provision."