Renovation plans push ahead for derelict Chester pub

A scheme to revamp a disused pub in Chester that will see it transformed into luxury accommodation has successfully obtained council approval.

The green light, awarded to the application by Cheshire West and Chester Council, will see the City Arms public house on Chester Street in Saltney, transformed into a guest house specialising in high-end holidays. Once operated by Punch Taverns, the vacant building dates as far back as 1851.

The dilapidated pub will now be converted to offer nine fully serviced boutique-style apartments by Liverpool-based property specialists Trophy Homes Limited. The firm purchased the public house last year for an unknown sum and intends to rename the establishment “The City Hotel” as part of its Privé collection.

A spokesperson for the Privé brand commented that every residence within will couple a “luxury hotel ambience with the feel of a luxury home” to create the “perfect middle ground.”

The council report that recommends approval for the property to change its function notes the change from pub to hotel will not negatively affect the local town centre. This decision is based on how long the establishment has been disused and the potential economic benefits for the area from guesthouse visitors using local shops.

Architects in Chester can assist local development projects using their experience of the area to help clients achieve their ambitions. Local architectural firms can have an in-depth understanding of council planning considerations, which can sometimes provide a smoother passage through the application stages of a building scheme.

Posted by Mark
May 25, 2020

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