Planners will today consider proposals for more student accommodation near Telford’s Warehouse in Chester.
Yuehua Ma, of Queen Street, Chester, has submitted planning and listed building consent applications to convert the former Church of England offices, known as Diocesan House and Raymond House, into an 18-bed student complex.
The application has been called in to today’s (Tuesday, October 13) planning committee by Cllr Bob Rudd due to a lack of car parking, noise from student accommodation, management of recycling and refuse material, impact on local amenity, loss of office and commercial property and potential employment opportunities.
This follows planning consent being granted on appeal earlier this year for a 350-bed new-build student scheme next to Telford’s despite strong local opposition.
A supporting document says the buildings, once owned by British Waterways, currently have planning permission for offices but have been empty for more than 10 years with no commercial interest despite repeated attempts to let or sell. It was only earlier this year that the property finally sold as freehold.
The proposals are recommended for approval subject to conditions including a student management plan, noise insulation measures for habitable rooms and parking provision.
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