Plans for 'premium' 62-room Chester aparthotel above McDonald's

-Credit: (Image: Planning application)
-Credit: (Image: Planning application)


Plans have been unveiled for a new 62-room aparthotel in Chester city centre. The proposed development is earmarked for empty building space on Foregate Street, including above the McDonald's restaurant.

The accommodation would also include the ground floor soon-to-be vacant Deichmann store being converted into the aparthotel's reception with an independent retail or coffee shop tenancy. The ground and first floors operated by McDonald's are unaffected by the plans, while the Bodycare shop will continue to trade as normal at ground floor level.

A planning application has been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council on behalf of the applicant, JBSL Holdings Ltd, for a total of 58 one-bed and four two-bed rooms across the first, second and third floors. The planning statement says: "The proposed Aparthotel will bring a significant number of serviced hotel rooms to the bustling Foregate Street, offering a convenient and premium option for those who wish to stay in a serviced apartment in the city centre.

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"There is a demand for this offering in the historic heart of the city centre, which our scheme seeks to provide. The scheme proposal in Chester's city centre aims to address the gap in the market for aparthotels that offer a higher numbers of serviced rooms and additional amenities, such as a gym.

"Whilst Chester has several hotels, serviced apartments and short-stay accommodation (via AirBnB and Vrbo), many of them are not located in the heart of the historic city centre (which we consider to be in and around Eastgate Clock and Foregate Street) and do not offer the range of amenities that our proposed Aparthotel will provide.

The current building -Credit:Google Street View
The current building -Credit:Google Street View

"The proposed scheme would significantly improve the function and operation of the host building, following meaningful improvements such as better utilisation of the roof space, re-rendering and redecoration of the existing façade, installation of a new lift, better utilisation of the redundant upper floors and optimise its development potential in order to develop a 62-key aparthotel."

The application adds: "The site comprises an existing building arranged over three storeys at the front, and part-three, part-two, part-one storey at the rear. The ground floor is occupied by three individual retail/restaurant tenants. The landlord has an occupied and unusable demise on the Foregate Street frontage which provides a staircase to the upper floors.

"These upper floors are largely seen as ancillary, and mostly unused, storage areas for the landlord (including historic ancillary caretaker flats associated with the floors below). Only McDonald’s make use of their first floor and no. 52’s floorspace will remain unaffected by the development proposal.

"Deichmann’s demise extends only to the ground floor and will cease to operate upon the end of the lease, at which time the landlord will incorporate that space into the development proposal. Bodycare’s demise comprises ground floor with a small and unused first and second floor area and roof space.

"The landlord has negotiated with Bodycare to take back those upper floors so they can be utilised for our hotel proposal. The ground floor shall remain Bodycare demise."

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