PLANS have been resubmitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council to demolish the former Lloyds Banking Group buildings in Handbridge and build
The Capital House and Bridge House buildings on Queen’s Park Road have been vacant since Lloyds moved its operations away from the site to other locations around Chester in March, 2010.
Redrow Homes (NW) is hoping to develop the site, for which Lloyds continues to own the freehold, with the initial planning application detailing the demolition of all buildings and structures, including walls and gate piers which will be rebuilt, infilling preservation of underground bunkers and redevelopment of the site for the creation of 12 detached houses and 21 apartments with access, parking, servicing and landscaping provision.
Handbridge councillor Neil Sullivan said: “This is a significant site in the centre of Chester on the river front so it is important all issues regarding design are looked at.
“I’m not necessarily opposed to it but it is an important scheme which needs looking at by the committee.
“The site will have high visibility from the city walls so we need to make sure the view and all details are appropriate, not just to the city but to Queens Park.”
Plans to redevelop the site were originally submitted by Redrow in 2012 for 18 detached houses and 12 apartments but were withdrawn.
The council received a number of complaints about the previous application from residents who thought using the site for student accommodation would be a better use and also raised concerns about the infilling of the underground bunkers which were built during the second world war when the site was the Western Command HQ.