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New Chester Scheme Set for Approval

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Plans to build a new block of student accommodation in Chester look like they'll be approved after the scheme was backed by planning officers.

The 323-bed student accommodation development is located in Liverpool Street and is being proposed by a subsidiary of Watkin Jones, dubbed Liverpool Road Chester Limited.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme is approved based on the national planning guidance of 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'.

However, the local community and Ward member Richard Beacham, have argued the development is not of high quality, too big, and will alter the views from surrounding properties.

Despite the objections, planning officers argued the overall benefits outweigh the limited harm identified, whilst also citing the policy commitment to support purpose-built student accommodation over houses in multiple occupancy.

Documents submitted as part of the application process, said: "The Watkin Jones Group propose to redevelop the site for purpose-built student accommodation in the form of both studio and cluster spaces (circa 322 units) including associated facilities such as reception area, common room, cycle store, refuse store and plant room.

"We envision a new high-quality development with improved public realm. The scheme has been developed through several pre-app meetings, a design review panel presentation and a public consultation, all of which have informed the submitted design."