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Student Accommodation Rumours Dismissed As Ridiculous

Posted by Richard Ward

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The new owners of Handbridge garage have dismissed rumours the site could be developed into student accommodation.

Rumours had been flying around after it emerged the site had not been sold directly to the Co-op, but a development company based in the North West called Chester Assets Ltd.

However, agents acting on behalf of the new owners said the site will need to be remediated due to seepage from underground petrol tanks but will then be leased to The Co-operative Group Ltd.

The former owner of the site described the rumour it could be turned into student accommodation as "ridiculous". Mr Vaughan said: "It's being purchased by developers who have planning permission for a Co-op. As far as I'm concerned I'm 99% sure that's what's going to happen."

He added: "They have intimated to me their intention is to run a petrol station forecourt with convenience store and it will be successful in the area because it will be bigger and better than a private enterprise can do. They will throw millions at this to make it right."