New homes bid for former Chester Law University site

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FRESH plans have been filed to create new homes on the former Chester Law University campus.

The proposed redevelopment of the recently vacated site includes the construction of 24 detached houses and the conversion of the Grade II listed Christleton Hall into 18 apartments.

A two-story office building, which would become the headquarters of the Steve Morgan Foundation, is also planned as well as the demolition of school buildings from the end of the 20th century.

The planning and classified building permit application submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council represents the third attempt to build residential properties on the Christleton Hall site on Pepper Street, Christleton.

Two similar projects filed by the Law University in 2017 and 2018 were both rejected by the planning committee – although they were recommended for approval – on the grounds that the development would have an “unacceptable negative impact on openness. of the green belt “because of its layout and scale.

What Christleton Hall would look like (photo: planning request).

However, the listed building permit for the conversion of Christleton Hall to residential use was approved on both occasions.

Following the rejection of the second planning request, the site was acquired by Bridgemere Land Plc who appointed a new design and engineering team to reassess the site and write a revised proposal.

In the application for planning permission and classified building permit, submitted on their behalf by eSCAPE Urbanists Ltd, it is stated that of the 24 new houses proposed, two will be three-bed, 20 will be four-bed and two more will be five beds. .

The proposed renovation of Christleton Hall would create 18 apartments comprising five one-bed units – four of which will be affordable housing – and 13 two-bed units.

The app reads: “The site was previously occupied by the University of Law but recently became vacant when the University moved to a designated suite of breakout rooms on the Queen’s Park campus of the University of Chester, before the start of the new academic year in September.

Chester and District Standard:

The proposed office building (photo: urban planning request)

“The proposals aim to reallocate the site through the delivery of a high quality residential development, which would secure the future of the Grade II listed Christleton Hall, through a sensitive renovation and conversion to create 18 apartments.

In addition, 24 new homes would be built, along with a new office building to serve as the headquarters of the Steve Morgan Charitable Foundation.

“The application for planning permission and a classified building permit is submitted by Bridgemere Land Plc, a developer with significant experience in the beneficial return to service of vacant brownfields.

“The Applicant’s development partners are Castle Green Homes and Blueoak Estates.”


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