£15m plan for student homes gets green light
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