A LARGE extension to the Port Arcades has been backed by borough planners.
The scheme, to provide shops and a restaurant, must now go to the Government for final approval under their town retail policy.
It was submitted by Frogmore Real Estate Partners Shopping Centre Fund Trust, based in London.
Iwan Hughes, council case officer, told the planning committee: 'This full application is for 6,615m2 of retail and restaurant floor space on part of the site of the former Ellesmere Port Market Hall, which has recently been demolished.
'The development has been split into two blocks that are linked by a glazed canopy link, which will also form an extension to the Port Arcades shopping mall.
'Three outward-looking ground floor units are provided in the westernmost block, with one large unit at the first floor. This is to be accessed by an escalator and lift from the Port Arcades.
'The second block will provide one unit at the ground and first floor.
'The ground floor units are to have a full glazed retail frontage while the first floors are to be clad with clear and opaque glazing, along with cladding panels of different tones.'
The new units will be serviced via the existing Port Arcades service yard, off Wellington Road.
Mr Hughes added: 'It is considered the design will create a striking and contemporary building that will provide a contrast to its surroundings while at the same time enhancing the visual amenities of this part of the town centre.'
The units would be 50m from the nearest houses on Wellington Road and, while the report says residents won't be affected, it recommends conditions on servicing hours and building work be imposed.