Fans of beloved Italian restaurant La Fattoria will soon have another branch in the city where they can chow down on delicious fare.

Hoole will become home to the younger sister of La Fattoria – which has been satisfying Cestrians' appetites from its Lower Bridge Street premises since 2007 – after its owners received the go-ahead from Cheshire West and Chester Council to transform Co-op Food on Faulkner Street into a 70-cover restaurant.

The local authority granted planning consent subject to conditions such including its hours of operation being limited to 7am-11pm and that development must begin within three years.

In a report in which he recommended approval for the application, planning officer Nial Casselden said: "It is considered that the proposal would support the viability and vitality of the suburban shopping centre and promote a competitive environment.

“The proposed use would not have a significant adverse impact on highway safety, residential amenity or the character of the surrounding area.”

The supermarket's existing open-plan store area will be tuned into space for up to 70 diners to sit.

A design and access statement produced by architects revealed the layout of the venue, which will also comprise a reception, waiting area, bar and feature pizza oven.

Hoole is well-known for supporting independent businesses, and is currently competing in the Best British High Street competition.