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Oxford Site Set for Approval Despite Housing Stock Review

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Plans to further expand a recently approved student accommodation block for Oxford Brookes University is set to go before Oxford City Council's East Area planning committee this week.

Situated in Cowley, the university was granted permission to transform an historic site at Canterbury House, Reliance Way, into student housing last month. It's now understood that plans to increase the accommodation by a further 30 student beds will go before the planning committee.

Even though figures suggest the number of students living in the community are well above agreed targets, resulting in the university pledging to review its housing stock, officers have recommended the proposal gets the go ahead.

Currently the university has 3,800 students living in the community despite its own cap of just 3,000.

However, justifying their decision, officers said the development was both sustainable and appropriate saying: "It preserves the special character and appearance of Canterbury House which is a non-designated heritage asset and the street scene. There would be no harm to adjoining neighbours."

According to the architects behind the plans, the development will make more efficient use of the previously developed site, thereby bringing into use three buildings and a brownfield site which are currently vacant.

Oxford City Council will decide on the outcome of the application at the Town Hall meeting being held this Wednesday.