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1,000-bed Student Block Proposed for Coventry

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Plans have been submitted to Coventry City Council to build a £50m student accommodation development located on a city centre car park.

The proposals, submitted by Code Student Accommodation, call for the construction of 1,000 student beds split across four separate blocks.

The four blocks will range from six to 21 storeys high, and if complete would become Coventry's tallest building at roughly 200ft tall. On the ground floor there will also be enough space to house a number of retail units.

Code Student Accommodation said they would develop the site in line with the 2001 local plan, specifically to create a high quality and more sustainable city, as well as promoting regeneration of the local area.

Developers also stressed within the application that the construction of the scheme would help promote jobs, both during the construction phase and during its operation, thereby enhancing the local economy.

Another benefit outlined was the release of traditional terrace housing that could be returned to the non-student sector.

A planning statement provided by lawyers Shakespeare Martineau suggested that the council should grant permission to the development as they see no technical reasons to refuse the application.

Former cabinet member for business Kevin Maton, previously said of the site: "The Cox Street car park is not used to its full capacity and this plan will rejuvenate the area and add to the growing buzz around the city centre."

The application is due to be decided in November.