DEVELOPERS have lodged plans to build more than 400 student flats in Chester.
Edinburgh-based Miller Developments want to build three canalside student accommodation blocks near Telford’s Warehouse.
But the scheme would only provide 50 car parking spaces leading to fears the development would add to the parking problems in the Garden Quarter.
In March, Miller Developments and architects Young and Gault held a public consultation on the Tower Wharf scheme.
Concerns were raised that the influx of another 400 students would tip the Garden Community over the edge, with some residents unhappy with rowdy late night behaviour.
At the time, former Chester MP Christine Russell, who lives nearby, said: “We are not anti-student at all but there is a huge wish to bring some balance back into the community.
“We want to see what little development opportunity there is in this area to be used for family housing.
“We need family homes to help rebalance the community and we need a proper parking scheme for the residents.”
Tower Wharf was earmarked for a mixed-use development in 2007 comprising homes, offices, shops, bars and restaurants.
But that scheme failed to get off the ground and Miller Developments believe the student flats would be more viable and suitable for the area.
In total, the development would provide 408 student rooms spread over two six-storey blocks and one four-storey block but includes only 50 parking spaces. In a planning statement supporting the application, Miller Developments argue that students want to reside close to the city centre.
“The application proposals at Tower Wharf can clearly be seen to be responding to this requirement,” reads the statement.“It is worth noting the Chester One City Plan also encourages new residential accommodation for students within close proximity of the city centre.
“The plan goes on to confirm that doing so will be critical to embedding the University of Chester and its students into the city.”