Plans for a 200 bed development have been rejected by Canterbury City Council, after objections from both councillors and residents came to a head on a meeting on Tuesday night.
The proposal would have meant the demolition of the Dairy Crest industrial buildings on Military Road, with a 224 studios block being built in its place. The development from DHA Planning was however called "unashamedly modern" for what is an historical area of the city. It was also called "too big".
As resident Steve Steel said, "How can a development that effects the light, and views of residents contribute positively to the area? This will lead to a concentration of students in a residential area. More than 200 apartments will swamp the 58 existing houses [on the square]."