THE redevelopment of the Blacon Parade area would provide much needed regeneration, borough planners suggested.
They approved the project, put forward by the Chester and District Housing Trust, which covers the Parade and nearby land bounded by Norris Road, Blacon Avenue and Sherwood Road.
The application included demolition and clearance, the refurbishment of existing buildings, 26 new homes and 36 sheltered apartments, new retail, office, library and community space, a new health centre, a new children's play area, car parking and environmental improvements.
A new primary care centre and pharmacy is also in prospect.
Housing officers at the borough council highlighted the successful delivery of the scheme as a priority.
They said the development was a significant opportunity to enhance the area in addition to providing much needed affordable housing.
Overall the 62 new homes would be an increase of 28, planners explained. Six substandard bedsits would be replaced.
The affordable housing would make a valuable contribution towards homes for older people and families.
Retail and community space which would be lost would be replaced.
The development would bring ‘substantial benefits’ to the character of the area and there would be no unduly harmful effect on the amenity of neighbours, according to a report.
Although play space would be reduced, this would now be in the centre of the development rather than at the edge.
Recommending the application be approved, planners suggested the development would provide ‘much needed’ regeneration including affordable and sheltered housing along with community facilities.