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Eco-friendly cafe is vision behind Chester venture

Plans lodged to transform tattoo parlour into artisanal coffee shop

A planning application has been lodged to convert a former tattoo parlour into a cafe at 66, Lower Bridge Street, Chester.

An eco-friendly cafe where customers would be encouraged to bring their own reusable cups aims to open in a former tattoo parlour.

Applicant Nicholas Wells has lodged a change of use planning application for a cafe at 66 Lower Bridge Street, Chester .

The application form states: “The cafe will be a small artisanal coffee shop primarily serving a range of hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises or to take away. It will also serve a limited range of cakes and sandwiches.”

Hot food would not be served so there would be no need for cooking facilities or ventilation and extraction equipment with any odour expected to be only ‘slight’ relating to coffee brewing.

A planning application has been lodged to convert a former tattoo parlour into a cafe at 66, Lower Bridge Street, Chester.

The application form also outlines the eco-credentials of the new venture.

It states: “A key principle of the business will be waste minimisation and a consideration for the immediate environment and beyond. All cups and wrapping will be fully eco-friendly and 100% fully compostable. Take-away customers will also be heavily incentivised to bring their own re-usable take-away cups.”

This green philosophy is in line with a community campaign to ban the use of plastic drinking straws in Chester. Cheshire West and Chester Council has also pledged to phase out the use of single-use plastics while encouraging residents and businesses to follow their example.

Proposed opening hours are 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Aside from Mr Wells, it is estimated the cafe business would employ two members of staff.