A TRANSPORT company has withdrawn its plans to build a depot on Chester FC’s car park.

Stagecoach had been interested in turning land at the back of the Blues’ car park into base for its busses.

But a planning application submitted by the company has been withdrawn.

Stagecoach are searching for a place to build a new depot in Chester having agreed to sell their existing site on Liverpool Road, which is to be turned into student accommodation.

It is understood that cash-strapped Chester FC would have benefitted financially from the depot plan, as they would have rented the land to Stagecoach. However, it would have meant giving up a large amount of matchday parking for spectators.

Cheshire West and Chester Council had recommended the plans for refusal, due to the loss of on-site parking at the Swansway Stadium.

A statement from Chester FC said Stagecoach had "identified an alternative site."

They added: "We thank them for their professionalism throughout their dealings with our club and wish them well."

Stagecoach have been contacted by The Standard for a comment.