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Planning approved to turn Frodsham bank into a restaurant

15 January 2021

Planning permission has been granted to convert a disused bank in Frodsham into a restaurant.

Main Street Kitchen will create eight jobs, consisting of three full-time roles and five part-time positions.

The approved plans also include a two-bedroom flat on the first floor, and Main Street Kitchen's opening hours will be 8am until 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 10pm on Sundays and public holidays.

The application states: "The scheme intends to create a 50 cover restaurant. Kitchen facilities are proposed to the rear of the building below the flat roof single storey element.

"To the frontage and within the original banking hall, a service counter and table area is to be installed.

"At first floor, a two bed flat is proposed, with independent access from the east elevation via an existing doorway and via a pre-existing staircase.

"The accommodation provides two bedrooms, independent kitchen living accommodation and family bathroom."

No objections or comments were received in relation to the application.

In a report recommending approval, council case officer Edward Shepherd states: "The unit is currently a vacant A2 use, with an extant permission to change into a flexible shop/financial or restaurant use.

"This proposal would not result in the loss of a retail use. The restaurant use would contribute to the vitality and viability of the primary shopping area, maintaining a shop front at ground floor.

"Furthermore, it is noted that the use as a restaurant would be acceptable under permitted development given all uses constitute class E as such, in this instance the change of the ground floor unit is not considered to be unacceptable.

"Visually, the development would positively contribute to the centre's historical and cultural identity."

(via Chester Standard)