FRESH plans have been lodged to convert an Indian restaurant in Ellesmere Port into a Co-op store.

The vacant site on Flatt Lane, which had been home to Saffron, has been the subject of plans by the Co-op for some time, with a previous proposal having collapsed in December 2023.

The previous two-storey building would be demolished in favour of a new single-story store and associated warehouse would also include a new car park with 29 standard spaces, two disabled spaces, a parent and child space, two motorcycle spaces and four cycle spaces.

The plans would constitute a 60 per cent reduction of the overall floor space from 960 sq. m. to 398 sq. m.

The proposed Co-op store would be open from 7am until 10pm throughout the week and create the equivalent of 15 full-time jobs.

Origin Planning Services, on behalf of Co-op said: “With regard to the principle of development it is considered that the provision of a new local service within a highly sustainable location would provide significant benefits for the area and would facilitate economic growth within Ellesmere Port. The proposed development is in accordance with local and national planning policy.”

There is considerable support for the development as site in its current state is seen by many as an eyesore. Origin say that public consultation on the new plans was also successful.

They add: “All respondents highlighted that a new service in the area would have great benefits for residents. It was also stated that a Co-Op unit in particular would be welcomed as this would diversify the current offer of services and facilities within Ellesmere Port. It should also be noted that as well as direct benefits for residents having access to this shop, the scheme would also provide a range of further economic, social and environmental benefits.”