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Plymouth Councillors Approve Warehouse Development

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City planners have given the green light to a student accommodation development in Plymouth that has been designed specifically to attract spiders on its roof.

The derelict warehouse near the city centre will, under the plans, be transformed into student flats with a grass roof to attract bugs like spiders and beetles. The plans have been submitted as a way of feeding local birds, and have been given the go-ahead by city planners.

Located on Armada Street, the warehouse will be demolished and replaced with a four storey student accommodation block in the style of a converted warehouse. The conversion could result in a combination of four and three bedroom flats along with a secure bike storage area, solar panels and a flat grassed roof.

The roof will be covered in what developers call "a mosaic of habitats" typically found on brown field sites to attract invertebrates and provide food for the local birds.

Solar panels will also be installed on the roof, with the aim of exploring the University's potential district heating system.

Under the designs each flat will have doors that lead to an outside space or Juliet balcony off of the lounge, kitchen and dining room.