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Selly Oak Residents Call for a City Wide Review into Student Housing

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Local residents of Selly Oak in Birmingham have raised concerns over the increasing amount of student housing in the area, which they say will turn the area into an extension of the university campus.

Although new planning rules were meant to limit the conversion of family homes into student shared houses, the rise in student accommodation in the area has continued and residents claim further action is required.

As a result of the concerns The Community Partnership for Selly Oak is calling for a city wide review to be carried out into student housing, as fears are that new developments are being planned in areas that are already saturated.

The partnership has also called for a temporary ban on major development while the review takes place.

Just recently a five storey block which will be able to house up to 70 students on Bristol Road has been given the green light by councillors. This was despite claims from The Community Partnership that there were already vacant student houses in the area and that no more were required.

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe is in the process of bidding to secure new laws to further tighten up planning regulations and enforcement after receiving numerous complaints about the way houses in the area were being transformed into student flats.