PLANS to construct 13 commercial units for small businesses in Ellesmere Port are being reviewed by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The development, proposed by Seddon, would see land at Lloyd Drive converted into a small business park with associated access, parking and landscaping.

Seddon had previously received full planning permission for an 80-bed older persons’ care home and a 24-bed specialist care home on the site, however this development is ‘no longer feasible’ for the proposed operator.

The revised plans, submitted at the end of April, make use of the southern portion of the original site only.

The development would consist of two two-storey blocks, one with seven units and the another with six, and includes space for 27 parking bays, with a further two accessible bays and two Ev charging points.

Architects KPP say this would provide 24,700 sq. ft. of commercial space and will conform with BREEAM Very Good requirements to ensure that it is sustainable and energy efficient.

The developers say that the scheme will result in the creation of a ‘significant number’ of new jobs, and will increase spending on local goods and services, which will indirectly create further jobs.

In a leaflet distributed to residents, Seddon say:

“Seddon proposes to deliver 13 two-storey business units aimed towards small business owners. The units will be designed to suit the need of various operators and appeal to a wide range of businesses.

“The units will be constructed of high quality materials to provide attractive buildings appropriate to the site’s setting. In addition to the visual design of the buildings, the units will be built to BREEAM standards to ensure environmental performance.”

A specialist landscaping designer has also proposed native hedgerows, areas of scrub planting and a wildflower meadow area.

The plans are currently awaiting decision.