A FORMER city club has approval to become four flats.

The application was made at the RAOB Club, 37 City Road by Mr and Mrs Curran.

Mr and Mrs Curran told Cheshire West and Chester Council they were seeking approval to convert the former private members' club to self contained flats. Two parking spaces would be retained.

The three storey building, which fronts onto City Road, has a basement and is close to the Shropshire Union Canal, according to a report. It has a hotel on one side and flats on the opposite side.

The premises have been vacant for two years although permission was granted in 2009 for a conversion to a beauty salon, cafes and restaurants and business. This has not been implemented, says the report.

For Mr and Mrs Curran, Duddon Common based agents Planning and Design pointed out the conversion would not lead to the loss of any shopping or commercial employment premises within the city centre.

The flats would be close to bus routes into the city and also to the railway station. The agents argued many other buildings in the area are also flats.

Only very minor alterations would be made to the external appearance in terms of windows and doors, mainly at the rear.

The conversion was recommended for approval and the council agreed the flats could have permission.