Student Developments Driving Out Coventry's Businesses
20th Jul 2018
Amidst all of the protests that have faced student developments recently, it's becoming increasingly rare to hear of a proposed scheme actually getting rejected. But Coventry City Council have done just that, as they have turned down a 30 bedroom complex (spaced over 3 stories), just off Moor Street in the Earlsden district of the city.
This isn't the first time the plans have been thrown out either, as an earlier rejection led the developers to decrease the numbers of bedrooms by 20%. The council's reasoning first time round was that the design was 'too imposing' and wouldn't provide enough in terms of quality for the students it would house.
Along with the 20% reduction in bedrooms, the developers added laundry and study rooms in their redesign, but then residents of the area chimed in with fears around increased traffic and parking problems.
The council didn't seem to be all that impressed either as the bedspaces just don't seem needed to enough to balance out their potential downsides. Councillor Steven Thomas said: "Where is this not considered to be an over development ? I'm not convinced that a reduction from 36 to 30 is significant."
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