CHESTER MP Stephen Mosley received a 2,600-name petition from residents opposed to a student village on green belt land between Blacon and Mollington.
Opponents fear Bell Development’s plan to accommodate 2,500 students would see Mollington, Blacon and Saughall joined together by destroying this green barrier.
Petition organiser Yvonne Jones, from Browning Close, Blacon, said: “The team has collected almost 3,000 signatures in a few short weeks. This is a clear message that this development is an unwanted and unnecessary infringement on Chester's green belt.”
Yvonne was joined by Blacon councillor Marie Nelson and Mollington councillor Brian Crowe.
Cllr Nelson said: “We must be very cautious and careful when dealing with green belt matters. There are very very strict rules and these must be adhered to.”
Cllr Crowe said: “Developers hate green belt rules but without them we will having planning anarchy and no open spaces left.”
MP Mr Mosley said: “This is a weighty petition and there is a clear debate to have in the coming weeks and months. I thank everyone who has taken part and I will now lodge this in the House of Commons.”
Mike Bell, of Bell Developments, recognises the concerns but invites people to drop in to the forthcoming consultation meeting at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Norris Road, Blacon, on September 21 any time between 3pm and 7pm.
He said: “The consultation exhibition will present you with an opportunity to meet the consultation team and to view and discuss the work being undertaken to progress a scheme for Student Accommodation within Blacon.”