REVISED plans for a hotel on a rundown looking city centre site are recommended for approval.
The application has been put forward at the Dewa Roman Experience Centre on Pierpoint Lane off Bridge Street where a previous scheme for a 68 bed budget hotel with shops and a restaurant were refused 12 months ago.
The company has now put forward a reduced scheme for a three to five storey hotel with 58 bedrooms, together with shops and a restaurant on the ground floor.
The number of rooms has been reduced as has the size of the building and the overall design has been changed, say city planners.
Conservation officers have no objection subject to conditions.
The owners of the Platinum Lounge club at 42 Bridge Street point out the earlier application was refused and say they are concerned about the size and design of the hotel and its height compared to other buildings in the locality.
They also question whether another hotel is needed in Chester.
The site, between Commonhall Street, Pierpoint Lane and Bollands Court at the rear of shops and properties in Bridge Street, has a rundown appearance, according to a report.
No objections have been raised by Chester Civic Trust.
The previous application was refused as it was felt the scheme would be overdevelopment and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the city centre conservation area, says the report.
Planning officers believe the hotel will provide more interest and quality than the existing warehouse and garage buildings on Pierpoint Lane.
The application is recommended for approval to a meeting of the city's planning board taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday December 3 at 10.30am.