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Watkin Jones Invites Chester Residents to View Student Accommodation Plans

Posted by Richard Ward

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Local residents have been invited to view plans for a potential student housing development in Chester.

There had been rumours Stagecoach wanted to sell its Liverpool Road bus depot as a potential site to develop into student accommodation, partly because of its proximity to the University of Chester.

Now plans to build student housing look to have taken a step forward, with developer Watkin Jones distributing leaflets to neighbours ahead of a public exhibition on 22 June.

The leaflet reads: "The Watkin Jones Group have been in preliminary discussions with Cheshire West and Chester Council regarding the redevelopment of the Stagecoach depot located between Liverpool Road and Victoria Road in Chester. The proposal is for purpose-built, managed, student accommodation and ancillary facilities."

It continued, inviting recipients to preview draft proposals, providing locals the chance to view draft plans, discuss proposals and provide comment for inclusion into the developments evolving design.

It's understood Stagecoach already have a conditional agreement in place with Watkin Jones for the sale of its depot in Chester, with the aim to relocate to an alternative site.

Elsewhere in Chester a 121-bed student development in Trafford Street, Newtown, has now opened. The same developers behind the scheme have gained planning permission for a further 150 student beds at an additional development in Trafford Street. Approval for the latest scheme was granted upon appeal and will result in the demolition of Oakbase House.