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Planners Back Colchester Student Accommodation Development

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Despite objections from councillors, planning officers have again recommended that student accommodation should be allowed to be built on a former bus depot in Colchester.

Victoria Hall Management submitted plans that involved the demolition of the former bus depot on Magdalen Street, Colchester, and replacing it with five blocks of student accommodation with a total of 230 bed-spaces.

Officers had recommended the plans for approval, however the council's planning committee voted against the proposal.

A second report has now been compiled to assess the risks of turning down the plans, but planning officers are still backing the project suggesting it should be allowed to go ahead.

Among the objections raised was the issue of its proximity to elderly people living in the surrounding area, the potential to impact listed buildings, and that the plans did not meet the development brief for the area.

The latest report suggests that officers have given "careful and detailed consideration to the concerns raised" but were unable to identify any reasons for refusal which they consider could be successfully defended on appeal.

The proposal will be discussed again at a meeting on September 15.