Work will begin ‘within weeks’ to create a 109-bed hotel on a derelict site in Chester city centre.

Craigleith Property Group is behind the accommodation plan in Forest Street after Cheshire West and Chester Council agreed an amendment to the original planning consent.

Permission was granted for a seven-storey 65-bed hotel back in 2007 leading to the demolition of an office building but the hotel scheme stalled due to the credit crunch.

Agent Brian O’Connor, of Lichfields, on behalf of applicants Craigleith Property Group, said: “Following demolition of the office block in 2008 the previous developer suffered difficulties and was unable to continue with the development.

“After working closely and constructively with council officers we are pleased to be able to now deliver an acceptable scheme for the site.

“This new application makes minor amendments to the hotel scheme approved in the original application.

“The new hotel will provide a vital service, regenerate this long-term derelict site, which is long overdue, and help to generate further use of the facilities and services currently provided in the city.”