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Coventry Telegraph to Make Way for Student Accommodation

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Planning permission has been granted to develop the Coventry Telegraph's former home in the city centre into a hotel and student accommodation.

Councillors on Coventry City Council's planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the outline application, which calls for the building to be demolished and replaced with a mixed-use scheme which would also include flats and office space.

Located on Corporation Street, the building served as the Telegraph's home for more than 50 years.

The application to demolish the site was put forward by Coventry Telegraph's publisher Trinity Mirror and proposed a mixed-use development. It would include a hotel with up to 250 bedrooms, up to 385 bedrooms of student accommodation, up to 84 apartments and office space of up to 400 sq m.

Included within the outline application are plans to develop a vacant plot of land bounded by Lamb Street, Upper Well Street and Corporation Street.

Planning officers had recommended the council approve the plans, saying: "The proposal is high quality design improving the character of the area and will contribute positively to the visual amenities of the area while representing an efficient use of a high accessible brownfield site."

The site, consisting of 1.65 acres, is one of two covered by a masterplan submitted with the application. The masterplan also covers the eastern site, which is located between Chapel Street, Lamb Street and Bishop Street.