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Stagecoach Makes Way for Student Development

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The Stagecoach bus company has closed its Liverpool Road depot in Chester, which has been earmarked for student accommodation.

The company has now moved its operations to the unoccupied Waverton Railway Station site.

Last year Liverpool Road Chester Limited, a subsidiary of Watkin Jones, was granted approval by Cheshire West and Chester Council planning committee to build a 321-bed student development on the Stagecoach bus depot.

Planning officials granted the application approval despite concerns about its size and design.

Meanwhile, Ward member Richard Beacham told the planning committee at the time: "I'm speaking today as the local councillor for Newton and also someone who shares the concerns of other Chester residents who worry that speculative developers are fighting for a share of an already saturated market in student housing in our city."

"My biggest concern is that developers are using vital land that would be better used to tackle the serious problem of a lack of suitable housing for families and young people looking to take the first step away from the family home."

Upon completion of the scheme, the company's management arm Fresh Student Living, which already operates schemes at Abbeygate, Tramways and the The Towpath, will manage the site.