The Chester warehouse will be transformed into a recording studio and event space

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PLANS has been given the go-ahead to transform a vacant warehouse in Chester into a state-of-the-art recording studio and 100-capacity event space.

The proposal to turn the former commercial plumbing supply site on Hartford Way into a facility that “rivals anything in the North West” has been endorsed by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The building, empty since 2016 and in poor condition, will be transformed to create four recording rooms, two rehearsal rooms and an office space, with the rest of the warehouse becoming a multi-purpose event space intended primarily to host musical performances for groups. groups, as well as art exhibitions, festivals and fashion shows.

The claimant – Adhoc Worldwide Ltd – has pledged to “significantly invest” to renovate the property both inside and out.

The new company would initially create two full-time positions with the potential to expand to five.

In the change of use planning application, submitted on behalf of the owner by Manchester-based Pinnacle Planning, it said: “The studios vision is to create a state-of-the-art facility that rivals anything that exists in the Northwest.

“There is nothing like it in the Chester area, and would be available to encourage people of all ages and abilities to develop music production skills.

“It is also proposed to offer in-depth courses in production, as well as instrument practice rooms for rent.

“The recording studio would be the primary use and is to be located in the front area of ​​the building and would involve the conversion of existing office space.

“Each room will be acoustically insulated with mechanical ventilation and air conditioning.

“The rest of the warehouse is proposed to be used as a multipurpose event space. The space would aim to become a hub of creativity in the city, bringing together different elements of the community, including schools, colleges, local businesses and the residents. .”

In a report recommending approval, council case officer Edward Shepherd said: ‘This use would help bring the vacant unit back into viable use and would not limit the range and quality of employment land. In the region.

“Regarding the ancillary event space, although it is noted that in terms of floor space, this area is larger than the recording studio.

“The use is considered incidental due to the nature of the events organized within the unit, the frequency of the events that will take place, conditioned to be a maximum of two per week and a maximum capacity of 100 people. at any time.”

It concluded: “The proposed development amounts to the re-use of an existing employment unit with a new employment use. Conditionally, the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on residential amenities or safety. road and the proposal complies with all other material considerations.”

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