Several student housing schemes are beginning to take shape in Chester despite fears that additional accommodation could lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour.
Meanwhile there have been positive comments aimed towards the design of a 117-bed student accommodation scheme in Upper Northgate Street, which is due to be complete and ready for the autumn term. An additional 121-bed block in Tafford Street, Newtown, is also near completion.
Elsewhere a planning application for a six storey student accommodation scheme in Hunter Street could be back on the table, despite being rejected by councillors sitting on the planning committee. Members voted against the advice of the council planning department, who supported the scheme despite Chester Civic Trust calling it oversized, brutal and ugly. An appeal has now been lodged by Hunter Street Chester Ltd with the outcome yet to be announced.
Lastly, Cheshire Fire Authority is reportedly selling Chester Fire Station as part of a deal that will see a replacement station built nearby. Although unconfirmed, there are reports that developers may seek to acquire the site and build more student housing, including the possibility of incorporating the former fire station into the plans.