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Student Accommodation Could Replace Chester Fire Station

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Chester Fire Station could be demolished to make way for student accommodation.

Reports have emerged that indicate Cheshire Fire Authority met in secret last week, where they reached an agreement with developer Watkin Jones to replace the existing six-bay fire station with a new three-bay station located at the front of the St Anne Street base.

Surplus land, which includes the substantial drill yard, would be sold for student accommodation generating a capital payment for the authority.

However, the plans may struggle to gain approval after the council unanimously refused an application for a 150-bed student development at the rear of the fire station due to fears of an influx of student housing.

Cheshire Fire Service will be hoping the council treats its proposals as a special case, with the Mollington station acting as a back-up for both Chester and Ellesmere Port, which will allow the city centre station to be down-graded.

Fire authority chairman Councillor Bob Rudd admitted the existing city centre fire station was far too big even before Mollington opens early next year.

Watkin Jones confirmed they were involved in the potential development of the site, but insisted they were only considering their options and nothing had been decided yet.