Bath Spa University Apposes Student Accommodation Plans

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Bath Spa University has strongly criticised plans to build student housing in Oldfield Park and called the proposals inappropriate.

Chief operating officer for Bath Spa University, Neil Latham, has written to Bath and North East Somerset Council over the planning application for Wansdyke Business Centre.

It's argued that the development in Oldfield Park would have a negative impact on the public image of higher education and would be inappropriate for a residential neighbourhood.

The letter also stated that the university would not look to secure the property to accommodate its students.

Developers have proposed knocking down the 22 existing commercial units at the centre in Oldfield Lane and replacing them with a 187-bed purpose built student accommodation block called Centurion Court.

Additional facilities would include a cinema, lounge, library, coffee shop and gym.

According to Bath Spa there is already an over concentration of houses of multiple occupation and student rooms, and to consent to further student accommodation in this location would further distort the balance between student and family occupants.

As a result of the objections the university has indicated it would not seek to secure the property to accommodate its students.

The council aim to have ruled on the application by September 13.