Major Cardiff Development Approved

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Plans to build a 650-bed student accommodation block at the east wing of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary have been approved.

The site will be developed into Glossop Hall and will represent the latest large scale student housing development in the city.

The site will be able to accommodate 644 students and will also come equipped with a gym, yoga room, two shops, a landscaped courtyard and a public area.

The application put forward by Graduation Cardiff Ltd, will result in a series of blocks between four and 10 storeys high with the southern facing block looking over Moira Terrace.

The planning application suggested the building will form a "local landmark" and will also contain a central courtyard sized at around 1,200 square metres. Plans are that the development will be car-free although there will be a total of 324 bike spaces available.

Labour's Manzoor Ahmed said of the development: "I am really saddened to see this historic building and rare features go.

"I was very sad to see this particular facility go. This was a popular hospital in Cardiff at one time. Unfortunately, we have to move with the times. It's unlikely this facility will reopen, but I am surprised there's only three objections."