Plans have been submitted for a ‘next generation’ student housing development in Newtown – but this is a scheme with a difference.
The 379-bed 'attractive modern building' on Hoole Way would boast a cinema and on-site gym if it gets the green light from Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Niche hotel and student housing developer Jansons Property – which is behind the proposal – says this level of facility is 'a step above anything else currently on offer or planned in the city' which would bring the proposed brownfield site alongside Hoole bridge currently being used as a railway station car park back into use.
The planning application was lodged following a public exhibition held in September, after letters were sent to more than 1,200 site-adjacent residents letting them know of the proposals.
Ben Roberts from Jansons Property said: “We met a range of residents at our recent public exhibition and enjoyed some detailed and useful conversations about the proposals. The feedback we received has helped inform our final planning application, which we have now submitted.
“Residents recognised the positive effects of increased spending in local businesses and were supportive of the principle of delivering purpose-built student accommodation to free up traditional housing for local people.”
The hopeful developers revealed they chose the location because of its proximity to the University of Chester, city centre and public transport hubs.