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Investigation Launched Into Chester Accommodation

Posted by Richard Ward in

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Cheshire West and Chester Council have launched an investigation into student accommodation after it appeared on a hotel booking website.

The Towpath in Chester has reportedly been available to reserve on Booking.com, despite planning permission for a change of use yet to be decided.

Nearby residents recently received a notice offering them the chance to respond to an application for a temporary change of use from student accommodation to a mixture of short-term lettings/hotel and student accommodation between July 1st and August 31st.

Despite the planning application for the change of use still awaiting approval, the accommodation has been available to book via the platform and has reportedly been welcoming guests since July 4th this year.

In response the council said: "The council has opened an enforcement case and will be investigating the matter."

"If it is deemed that the temporary use as a hostel is having an unacceptable impact on neighbouring properties then the council will use its powers under the Town and Country Planning Act to ensure that the use ceases."

"Any activity that the applicants take prior to the issuing of planning permission is entirely at their own risk."

"If planning permission isn't given the company will be responsible for dealing with any unfulfilled bookings."