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Chester Plans Superseded?

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Plans to build hundreds of student beds in Chester may have been ditched in favour of building a new hotel.

Groundwork on the 376-bed student scheme has yet to commence and it is understood the developer is now proposing to build a seven-storey hotel on the site instead.

If confirmed, the move would follow a similar decision to abandon a 544-bed scheme that was previously earmarked for the former Linenhall stables site.

The latest planning document submitted by developer Morbaine said: "The proposal will specifically seek to enhance the overall supply of visitor accommodation within easy walking distance of Chester's visitor attractions and in a sustainable and accessible location in terms of modes of public transport, all of which directly respond to the principles of the adopted development plan."

"Furthermore, the scheme seeks to substantially improve the aesthetics of the site through the creation of a well-designed and high quality development and in turn, redeveloping an important key gateway site leading into Chester city centre."

If the latest application is approved, the 244-bed hotel will be the latest in a series of developments that raise question marks over the saturation of hotel accommodation in Chester.