Revised plans have been lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council for an already-approved retail and leisure hub at the top of a Chester multi-storey car park.

Previously we reported on CWaC's planning committee backing proposals to transform the top two decks of the Pepper Street site into a new venue which could feature a range of attractions from silent cinemas, craft fairs, yoga and food and drink stalls.

Activities planned for the rooftop destination include family-friendly games such as cornhole, lane shuffle and pétanque, plus fitness and well-being activities, as well as food and drink offerings with cabana styled covered seating areas.

The venue will also offer experiences such as a silent cinema, pop-up craft fairs for local artisan makers and in the winter, igloos and curling.

The application – submitted by Grosvenor and iKO Events Ltd – has proven controversial in some quarters, with concerns raised over noise and loss of parking by former ward councillor Martyn Delaney. A total of 20 objections had been received from the public, including from the Almhouses of William Jones Charity and the Bridgegate East Residents Association (BERA). A petition signed by 209 people opposing the scheme was also submitted.

But the plans were given the go-ahead, and later cleared a licensing hurdle amid noise concerns.

Now planning permission is sought for a tweaked version of the scheme, which remains mostly similar but has two alterations.

The main one is the installation of a retractable roof structure over the seating area on part of the rooftop venue, fully enclosable at both ends, to allow the hub to operate in a wider range of weather conditions.

In addition, the staff cycle parking area would now be located on the floor below the rooftop hub, rather than on the ground floor.

Planning consultants Fisher German said in a planning statement the retractable roof canopy would "make the business more resilient", particularly "during periods of inclement weather".

The consultants added the canopy would has "as low an impact as possible" and "project only marginally above the tallest structures" and be "practically invisible when viewed from street level".

It would also "be sited several metres from the edge of the car park, meaning the likely views would be limited and fleeting".

The relocated cycle parking has been designed "to provide a more safe and secure location, and due to access issues for neighbouring properties".

The changes made to the plan hae necessitated a resubmission of the planning application, which will be considered by the council at a future date.