THE redevelopment of an historic Chester landmark is to be considered by councillors.
The revised plans have been put forward at Chester Leadworks in Boughton by Property Regeneration Chester Ltd.
They involve an economic re-use of the grade two star listed shot tower building for offices, residential and restaurant/cafe accommodation, councillors are due to hear.
The canalside scheme includes 33 dwellings, seven of which would be affordable.
The shot tower building itself would have a four storey extension with the shot tower being used to provide a main entrance to upper floor flats, the other being from the canalside frontage.
Previous plans for the development were agreed in 2007 and city planners say the revised scheme is “very similar” although changes had been made to the design and layout partly to meet the requirements of the main prospective commercial occupier.
In the current economic climate, they suggest the revised scheme is no more likely to be able to support the provision of a larger number of affordable homes than the previous plans and feel there is a greater likelihood of it being developed.
This would enable the restoration and re-use of the shot tower complex for which there is said to be special circumstances which justify approval.
The scheme has been revised following discussions with the council's planning and conservation officers and buildings which are to be demolished do not have sufficient merit to justify their retention, according to a report.
The development would provide “an innovative restoration and a viable re-use of the redundant grade two star listed former shot tower building” together with an appropriate frontage to the canalside.
There would be 2,500sq m of office space with 26 two-bedroom apartments and at seven one bedroom flats.
Recommending the application should be approved, planning officers say the development would not have any detrimental effect on features of special interest or the setting of the leadworks building or the character or appearance of the conservation area.
The plans, together with a separate application for listed building consent, are due to be considered at a meeting of the city's planning board taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday (October 29) at 10.30am.