PLANS to transform a boarded up garage into a brand new retail centre have been given the go-ahead.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has approved the resubmitted planning application to demolish the burnt out Weston Grove Service Station in Upton and replace it with four shops.
The land, which is owned by Graeme Lewis who runs the Autolift Recovery Yard on Liverpool Road, has stood derelict since an arson attack back in 2008.
The application was withdrawn back in May this year so the site layout could be amended.
Mr Lewis, along with Manchester developers Kempsten Ltd, has been given permission to build four shops, one of which will be a larger size, with a cash machine and 13 parking spaces.
The units can be used for trading, financial or professional services, a restaurant or cafe, a drinking establishment or a hot food takeaway.
Chris Hindle, the council’s head of planning and transport, said: “The proposed development and the proposed use classes of the units would enhance the vitality of the Weston Grove shopping area.
“The scale, massing and design of the building would be appropriate to the site and would enhance the character of the surrounding area and would not cause harm or detriment to the locality.”
As one of the conditions to the planning consent, the retail units can only be open to customers between 6am-11pm every day.
Construction work on the development must take place between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays.
No building work is allowed on Sundays or Bank Holidays, unless agreed with the council’s environmental protection unit.
The development, which must provide four cycle stands, has to be completed within three years.