£80m Bournemouth Development Gets the Green Light

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Plans to build new university buildings in central Bournemouth have been approved by the council, who expressed unanimous support for the £80m scheme.

Bournemouth University plans to relocate its Faculty of Health and Social Sciences in a new seven storey block overlooking the St Paul's roundabout on the Wessex Way.

Within the development there are plans to build a 14 storey student accommodation block that will be able to home 550 beds, situated next to the existing Cranborne House block.

Councillors supported the plans and expect the development to provide an economic boost to the area. It's also hoped that the newly built purpose-built student accommodation will ease some of the pressure on the local housing market, which may in turn be released back into the community and provide homes for families.

Board members raised concerns over the removal of protected trees located on Lansdowne Road, but were content on the fact that these would be replaced and would actually lead to a net gain in trees.

Planning officers said that the move of the faculty would free up two offices buildings that currently sit on 12,000 square metres of space.

The temporary car park that is making way for the development will be relocated to a site between Cranborne House and the St Paul's Place development, although the university also announced its intention to build there eventually.