DEVELOPERS behind a controversial student village aim to deliver on site sports facilities backed by Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave, but the man himself is keeping out of the debate.
Sir Steve has reassured opponents of the proposed 2,500-bed village, which would be located in the green belt between Blacon and Mollington, that he will be respectful of the planning process.
Sir Steve was responding to Andy Scargill, from Parkgate Highfield Residents Group, over his concerns about the potential for The Redgrave Institute sports facilities to be located at the village.
Discussions have also taken place with three rival UK sites.
In an email to Mr Scargill, Sir Steve said: “I appreciate the feedback you have provided however, I have made a conscious decision to stay out of all the debates surrounding the various sites where the potential Redgrave Institute could be located including the Student Village.
“I and the team involved in this project will be respectful of the planning process and the decision made around any site that is considered all of which will have their own weaknesses and benefits.”
Meanwhile, Chester Civic Trust has objected to the student village planning application, saying: “It is merely a speculative but unjustified commercial proposal seeking to breech the well-established and popular Green Belt policy.”
But residents’ leader Martyn Delaney, secretary of the City Centre and Newtown Neighbourhood Partnership, said: “Chester needs first class student accommodation to ensure the continuing success of the University and the academic achievements of its students.
“This proposal, coupled with the obvious benefits to the communities of Blacon and the Garden Quarter, will transform the lives of both students and local communities in a positive way and set Chester back on the path to becoming a progressive city who cares for all its citizens.”