Hoole will soon become home to an Italian restuarant.

Applicants have received the go-ahead from Cheshire West and Chester Council to transform Co-op Food on Faulkner Street into a 70-cover restaurant.

The local authority granted planning consent subject to conditions such including its hours of operation being limited to 7am-11pm and that development must begin within three years.

In a report in which he recommended approval for the application, planning officer Nial Casselden said: "It is considered that the proposal would support the viability and vitality of the suburban shopping centre and promote a competitive environment.

“The proposed use would not have a significant adverse impact on highway safety, residential amenity or the character of the surrounding area.”

The supermarket's existing open-plan store area will be tuned into space for up to 70 diners to sit.

A design and access statement produced by architects revealed the layout of the venue, which will also comprise a reception, waiting area, bar and feature pizza oven.

Hoole is well-known for supporting independent businesses, and is currently competing in the Best British High Street competition.