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Hundreds of Student Beds Planned for Chester

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Developers behind plans to build a 379-bed student housing scheme in Chester will name the site after the railway engineer Thomas Brassey if the application is successful.

Situated on the railway station car park next to Hoole bridge, the plans have been submitted by Jansons Property.

The company wants its building to be named after Thomas Brassey, a 19th century railway builder who was born in Buerton, near Chester, and educated at The King's School.

He built Chester Railway Station, which opened in 1848 and is responsible for around a third of the railway lines laid in this country.

The proposals include a single modern building with apartments fronting Hoole Way and have been specifically designed to appeal to students attending the University of Chester. The development will also come equipped with its own on-site gym and cinema.

According to Jansons, the scheme will bring economic benefits to the city as a result of increased spending in the local economy.

Commenting on the plans, Ben Roberts from Jansons Property, said: "Thomas Brassey had an extraordinary career in which he rose to become the greatest builder of railways the world has ever known. Therefore, we feel it is right to mark his contribution in this way by proposing to name our new student development after him.

"However, whilst it is important to celebrate the contribution made by Mr Brassey, we stand committed to supporting academic institutions in nurturing the next generation of engineers, providing them with first class student accommodation.

"That is why we are bringing forward our proposals for Chester, which are a step above anything else currently on offer or planned in the city."

If given the green light the proposed student accommodation will bring back into use a key gateway brownfield site, which has been vacant for 10 years and is only being used as a temporary car park.