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University of Chester Given One Year to Close Buildings

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Following a failed appeal against a decision made by Cheshire West & Chester Council and the Health & Safety Executive, the University of Chester must close down six buildings at Thornton Science Park in Ince within the next year.

The Science park, opened in 2014, is made up of six buildings including laboratories, faculty offices, workshops, theatres conference rooms and library spaces.

A retrospective planning application was eventually submitted in 2018 but was rejected. The university was of the opinion that they did not need to apply for a change in use of the building on the grounds that students were the same as employees.

The park is home to 500 students studying engineering and science.

The application was rejected as there is a health and safety risk around the nearby oil refinery and that students are banded as members of the public.