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Developer Drops Its Liverpool Student Plans

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A council planning committee has rejected proposals to build 193 student beds in Liverpool, which has resulted in the developer dropping its plans.

The development proposed converting the Grade 2 listed former schoolhouse building located at 55 Great Crosshall Street into student accommodation with the block's highest point being eight storeys tall. The site would have provided enough beds for 193 students.

However, councillors agreed with local residents that the development would have overwhelmed the area with students. The developer appealed against the decision by the council, but subsequently withdrew their application and is looking elsewhere for new sites.

According to councillor Nick Small, the additional student accommodation in Marybone would have made a bad position even worse, which is why the community came together to oppose the plans for further student housing.

Despite the plans being rejected there is a desire to bring the site back into use in a way that benefits the whole community.

It's hoped that the site could be developed into affordable housing. Councillor Small suggested there are many young people who grew up locally that are shut out of the housing market who would love to live closer to their families.