Chester Liberal Democrats speak out against the development of the George Street School

The development of the George Street School is back on as they have taken it to appeal. I understand that there were only three objections to the most recent planning application but it was still refused.

The proposed scheme intends to build a large block on the side and turn it into student accommodation. Many people are not in favour of putting student accommodation all over the city and some do not want it on their doorstep.

Mark A Williams, Local Liberal Democrat campaigner says, “I do not want the George Street School buildings ruined by this development. It’s a beautiful, unique and prominent historic building that should have been looked after by the Tory run council, but it hasn’t because I understand that it was sold off by the Tory run County Council before the merger into Cheshire West and Chester Council. It conveniently has no heritage or protection orders on it so it can be developed and altered.”

The George Street School House was the original municipal school for the city and that is valuable history. Whilst I agree that it should be renovated and utilised I do not agree with this scheme that would ruin it. It should be protected as part of our city’s great heritage.

If you feel strongly about this development and have not submitted an objection yet, you can do now, but it must be by the 14th June.

The Planning reference is 11/02718/FUL and the Planning Appeals Officer is Ms Ann Smethurst who can be contacted on 01606 288914 or email

BUT as the appeal is with the Planning Inspectorate any written submission must be submitted to; The Planning Inspectorate, 3/06a Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN quoting the reference APP/AO665/A/217475/NWF

We can but hope that they will see sense and not overturn the planning decision to refuse this development of a historic Chester building.