£15m plan for stu­dent homes gets green light

Nuneaton Telegraph - - NEWS - By AN­TO­NIA BAN­NIS­TER News Re­porter an­to­nia.ban­nis­ter@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FOR­MER Dairy Crest de­pot in Coven­try is to be de­mol­ished to make way for a £15mil­lion river­side stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion com­plex.

Coven­try City Coun­cil has ap­proved plans to re­de­velop the site in Harper Road, Stoke, to cre­ate 200 bed­rooms spread across three build­ings rang­ing from three to six storeys tall.

An orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted in July, was scrapped by de­vel­op­ers who changed their plans dra­mat­i­cally fol­low­ing talks with the coun­cil.

The ap­proved build­ings will be made up of three, four, five, six, and seven bed­room clus­ters and stu­dios.

Un­like in the orig­i­nal plans, the build­ings will have no front fac­ing bal­conies and will be made of bronze, metal and brick.

Plan­ners felt that the new ma­te­ri­als would re­flect the site’s “in­dus­trial her­itage” and keep the devel­op­ment in line with ex­ist­ing res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

Three car park­ing spaces and 100 cy­cle park­ing spaces were also ap­proved.

As part of the ap­proved plans, the de­vel­oper will open up the River Sher­bourne to the pub­lic by cre­at­ing a pedes­trian route along the river bank.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the project takes into ac­count the Lo­cal Plan which aims to cre­ate a ‘Her­itage Park’ in the grounds of the Char­ter­house and im­prove the link be­tween Char­ter­house and Far Gos­ford Street.

A re­port to the plan­ning com­mit­tee said: “The scheme com­plies with pol­icy by cre­at­ing a river­side walk­way within the site bound­ary, along the River Sher­bourne, al­low­ing for fu­ture devel­op­ment of the river­side link from the his­tor­i­cal Far Gos­ford Street to the new Char­ter­house Her­itage Park.”

Res­i­dents’ con­cerns about the in­creased num­ber of stu­dents in the area were ad­dressed in the coun­cil’s fi­nal plan­ning re­port, how­ever of­fi­cers felt that “given the de­sign of the build­ing, it is not con­sid­ered that the pro­posed devel­op­ment will sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact upon the amenity of ex­ist­ing res­i­dents within the im­me­di­ate area”.

Cer­tain con­di­tions were im­posed on the project, such as us­ing lo­cal work­ers in the con­struc­tion of the build­ings.

In the fi­nal re­port rec­om­mend­ing to ap­prove the scheme, plan­ners said that the scheme was “well de­signed” and was a “high qual­ity devel­op­ment” that would “kick-start the wider devel­op­ment of this run-down area”.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion could look

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