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Significant Plymouth Scheme Set for Approval

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Plans to demolish the existing buildings at 1-3 Mayflower Street, Plymouth and replace it with student housing, are set to go before councillors next week.

Expectations are the proposed 270-bed student accommodation development will be given the green light on December 15.

The development will consist of a 17-storey tower and a smaller 13-storey block, which in total will be able to accommodate 267 students, up from the originally proposed scheme for 253 beds.

The beds will be split across a mix of cluster flats and studios, while the site will also come equipped with a cinema, laundry facilities, gym, food service and communal lounge.

The scheme also has enough room for 5,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor as well as 4,500 sq ft of office accommodation.

It's expected the scheme will be conditionally approved subject to the signing of a Section 106 order, which would entail a contribution of £350,000 towards transport infrastructure, low carbon projects and sports pitches.

A report submitted as part of the development said: "Officers consider that the scheme would bring significant regeneration benefits to this part of the City Centre. This includes redevelopment of a derelict site through the introduction of a good mix of uses which make efficient use of land, provide for additional employment and retail/cafe floorspace and purpose-built student accommodation."