PLANS to turn a former hair salon into a bar and restaurant in Chester city centre have been given the green light.

Borrasca Ltd is behind the proposal at the vacant Watergate Street property, which has stood empty for more than two years.

Its change of use planning application was rubber stamped by Cheshire West and Chester Council earlier this week.

The new bar and restaurant will create 14 jobs – four full-time roles and ten part-time positions.

A separate planning application was also lodged seeking permission to install bi-fold windows at the front of the premises.

These plans have also been given the go-ahead, subject to a condition requiring the windows to be closed from 9pm.

In a report recommending approval, case officer Steven Holmes said: "The application has been made in connection with the change of use of the premises to a bar/restaurant.

"The existing building and shopfront do not make a positive contribution to the heritage significance of the conservation area. The proposed changes are modest and would not result in any harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

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"Concerns have been raised regarding the risk of noise transmission from the premises should the windows be open during the late evening and night-time while the use is in operation.

"Given the use of the premises, it is considered that the development would lead to increased and potentially harmful noise levels should the windows be open at these times.

"A condition will be imposed requiring that the windows are closed from 21:00 onwards and when music is being played at the premises.

"Overall, it is considered that the proposed development accords with the relevant provisions of the development plan and, having regard to all material considerations, it is recommended that the application for planning permission is approved."

On the Companies House website, the business Borrasca Ltd, based at 55 Watergate Street, was incorporated in September last year. The nature of the business is described as public houses and bars.