LUXURY student flats worth £4 million at a converted newspaper building will be ready to accommodate next year’s university intake, say developers.
Knight Knox International has released computer images of its plans for Chronicle House, on Commonhall Street, where each of the 62 studio flats will go on sale for £64,995.
The property specialists are working alongside Fortis Developments to create the “landmark student development”.
A spokesman said: “Having already received the go-ahead from city planners, this refurbishment of a former Trinity Mirror printing room is set to be completed by [the time of] next year’s student intake.
“A solution to Chester’s urgent need for student accommodation, Chronicle House will provide 62 student beds in a city where the leading university supplies just 1,680 beds for its burgeoning student population of more 15,000.
“Chronicle House is located in the heart of the historic city walls and lies within minutes of both the university and train station, making it an ideal location for students.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council's (CwaC) planning committee approved the plans at a meeting on July 1, despite protests from a professor at the University of Chester, who lives close to Chronicle House.
Speaking as a resident and not as a university representative, Rob Hulme told councillors that students in the area would “add to noise, nuisance and litter”. He said neighbours in Commonhall Street, Weaver Street, including Hush House and Back Watergate Street shared his concerns.
“A number of residents in each of these locations have asked me to speak to represent their concerns,” he said. “The main concern is increased noise as a student development here will certainly add to noise, nuisance and litter in the area. There are many alternative locations for student accommodation.”
Knight Knox International and Fortis Developments have worked together on similar schemes in Glasgow and Nottingham.
A Knight Knox spokesman said: “Chronicle House will have 62 luxury student rooms, all of which will be furnished to the similarly high standards seen in previous developments.”
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