Yet More Student Accommodation for Selly Oak

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Despite protests from residents over the potential impact to the community, a new development in Selly Oak has been given the go-ahead and promises to add 48 student beds to the already student-rammed area of Birmingham.

A two-storey office building that has recently lain vacant will be demolished to make way for the new three-storey block. The bedrooms in the new building will be spread across 13 studios and six shared flats. There will however, only be space for 2 cars and 12 bikes on-site, something which has drawn the ire of local residents who fear the cars of new student residents will end up being parked on the already busy Frederick Road.

Selly Oak has seen a massive student-influx in recent years and has become the major focus for student accommodation in the city.

Councillor Gareth Moore spoke out against the decision saying "I despair for Selly Oak sometimes when I see buildings being replaced by student accommodation in a piecemeal fashion. I wonder whether we shouldn't just demolish it all and building a 60,000-bed accommodation block. I appreciate that what's there now is not attractive but what's replacing it isn't attractive either. I cannot support this application."