PLANS are being ‘finalised’ as work begins to clear out accommodation quarters at the former Chester University campus in Padgate.

The deserted site on Crab Lane was put up for sale back in April last year as the university moved to its new location on Barbauld Street – Redmond House.

The only part of the site still being used is the sports facilities for Warrington Wolves which uses the site as its training base.

Real estate agents Cushman and Wakefield were assigned to sell the 33 acres of land and it is anticipated that it will be used to develop residential housing.

A spokesperson for Chester University confirmed that talks will begin with stakeholders interested in buying the land in the coming weeks.

Warrington Guardian: Work has begun to clear the former student accommodation on the Padgate campus Work has begun to clear the former student accommodation on the Padgate campus (Image: Newsquest)

They said: “We are now in the process of finalising the plans for the Padgate site and should be in a position to communicate with local stakeholders in the coming weeks.”

Two skips are currently situated outside one of the building blocks which was previously used as student accommodation, with it being reported that work has begun to clear remaining furniture and fittings left inside the rooms.

The university opened its new town centre base in September 2022, with the tax office being renamed the Sarah Park Redmond House in honour of the prominent abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner – who gave a series of lectures at the Warrington Music Hall and the Red Lion Hotel during the 1800s.

“The University has successfully moved its operations into the town centre of Warrington, providing much needed educational opportunities including undergraduate degrees, apprenticeships, postgraduate studies and continued professional development in the areas of health and social care, education, policing and business,” A spokesperson from the university said.