“STUDENT ghettos” could be created if planners restrict shared housing to certain streets, student representatives have warned.
Cllr David Mead (Lib Dem, College Ward) proposed development restrictions to limit the spread of house conversions at a council meeting on Wednesday last week.
Cllr Mead explained: “The city as a whole benefits from our university. But neighbours suffer from ‘studentification’ – problems created by students in shared houses.
“These include noise, litter, parking congestion, unkempt gardens, general dereliction and an irregular level of business for local shops and pubs.”
Chester University supports the development plan but Chester Students’ Union president James Kirkby told The Chronicle it was “unrealistic and pointless” to segregate students.
“Separating students is not good for the community and we at the Students’ Union work very hard to develop and maintain relationships with local people through our involvement with residents’ associations.”
A university spokesman said: “Chester City Council has approached the University of Chester to become involved in discussions concerning proposals to create a development plan for the Garden Lane area, and the university welcomes this opportunity.
“It is anticipated that the development plan would include student accommodation, affordable housing, holiday lets, and general amenities.”
The council agreed to refer the motion to the Town Hall executive.