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Chester Saturated With Student Accommodation

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Watkin Jones is seeking to alter planning conditions attached to a 323-bed student development in Chester to allow the building to be occupied by key workers and racegoers.

The developer is asking Cheshire West and Chester Council if it can alter the conditions, referencing prior discussions with council planning officer Steven Holmes.

Terri-Anne Cross of Watkin Jones said: "It was recognised by Mr Holmes that a large amount of student accommodation has recently been, and is continuing to be, delivered in the city and that the changes sought by this application will ensure that any voids are minimised."

"Within discussions, reference was made to the Europa development in Liverpool which can be occupied by both students and key workers and which, like the subject development, is in a highly accessible location both for students and key workers and offers a form and format of accommodation which is attractive to both sectors."

Key workers are designated as NHS workers, police officers, firefighters, educations, local and central government officers amongst others.

Plans to alter the sites use points to the market being saturated with student accommodation.

It was also recently revealed that a substantial student development on the site of the former Linenhall Stables was no longer going ahead. Meanwhile, a student scheme earmarked for Hoole Way has yet to progress.