Plans have been approved that will see an Ellesmere Port pub converted into a convenience store.
The Sir Robert pub on Overpool Road in Ellesmere Port announced on social media in June 2020 that it was closing its doors because it was unable to implement new Covid measures without funding.
Following its closure, a planning application was submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council by Red Oak Taverns Limited to convert the pub to a convenience store, with associated plant, delivery bay, parking and landscaping.
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Plans have now been approved for the new convenience store, which will be operated by Heron Foods and will see five full time jobs created and 10 part time jobs.
The proposed opening hours for the store are from 8am until 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am until 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Due to original concerns, discussions have taken place with the agent which has led to reduction in the retail sales area from 336 square metre to 280 square metre.
There is a parking area within the curtilage that currently provides 31 spaces. The forms state that this will be reduced to 21 spaces with two disabled parking spaces and two cycle spaces.
Access to cars will be taken from both existing access points whilst deliveries will be taken from Summer trees Road only.
Amended plans have also been secured during the application process that addressed original highway concerns.
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Approving the application, Cheshire West and Chester Council case officer Emma Sheppard said: “The proposed development would bring investment to a currently vacant site within this area of the borough.
“It is further considered that any development impacts associated with the scheme can be mitigated through the use of planning conditions, where necessary.
“The loss of the public house and its contribution to the community should be given significant weight in the determination of this application.
“Notwithstanding the assessment of the loss of the use, the formation of a retail unit with a more specific sale of goods in this location, and given the reduction in gross net sales floor space, is not considered to be harmful.
“It is further considered that the applicant has adequately justified the loss of the public house in this instance and as such the change of use is recommended for approval.”