Chester Council rejects proposal for luxury 150 student bedroom accommodation.
The Accommodation was planned to be located at Oakbase House, Trafford Street Chester and contain 150 apartments, exclusively for Chester University Students.
Oakbase House has been a vacant building since 2011 and residential accommodation already exists in Ellison Court, which is opposite the application site.
Allegedly, the application was refused because Chester Council felt that the design, height, massing and scale wouldn’t be an accurate representation of the local character and sense of the area.
The council also felt that it would not be consistent with their aim to support balanced communities in Chester.
Local resident James Doyle expressed his concern, “I feel that it could cause distress in the area, students make a lot of noise and it could disrupt the people who are already living here which isn’t fair.”
Many members of Chester’s Council had concerns with the design of the accommodation. They also felt there was a lack of parking, which led to increased concerns about loss of employment within the area. Ultimately, they felt that student accommodation in this area would cause “imbalances in the community.”
The application was firstly recommended for approval by the Senior Manager of Planning and Strategic Transport, which at the meeting reported that the accommodation plans would not be going through.
The accommodation proposal provided studio bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen facilities and both a working and living area whilst also including communal facilities like a cycle storage and laundry room.
Neighbours were notified of the potential accommodation by letter and 19 objections were received. These expressed concern for noise levels, bad language, on street parking problems, due to the lack of parking spaces that would be provided.