PLANS have been approved to build more than 80 sheltered apartments on the site of a former school in Chester.
Your Housing Group has been given permission for the extra care scheme in Kingsway where Woodfield Primary School used to stand.
The development includes 27 one-bed and 55 two-bed apartments for people aged 55 and over with 60 per cent being rented out and the remainder being put on sale on a full or shared ownership basis.
There will also be communal facilities plus a well-being suite and hair and beauty salon along with 41 parking spaces.
Nick Howard, case officer for Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), said four objections had been received but there was a very high demand for such housing.
Recommending approval, he said Cllrs Tom Parry and Adrian Walmsley, who represent Newton, both supported the application as did Kingsway and Newton Residents Association.
Mr Howard said: “The proposals will provide a high standing of self-contained accommodation to allow older people to continue to live independently.
“It will also contribute to meeting the challenge of ensuring there is a range of appropriate housing provision available to meet the needs and aspirations of the borough’s growing older population.”
Woodfield Primary School closed in 2008 and the buildings demolished in 2009.
The site was designated as open space but Mr Howard ruled the benefits of giving up the land for development far outweighed the negatives.
“Although the site is designated greenspace, there are mitigating measureas that would set aside its’ loss.
“Furthermore the majority of the greenspace would be retained and the area around the building enhanced.”
Woodfield Primary School closed in 2008 because education chiefs ruled the school had too many empty places.
The school was demolished about 12 months later, and the site has stood empty ever since.