Portsmouth Council Approve 97-bed Student Scheme
15th Dec 2017
Developers have been told that plans to build a 282-bed student residence on the site currently occupied by Granite Planet in Penryn "may be acceptable in principle".
However, councillors have warned the applicants they may need to relocate the climbing wall if councillors object to its loss, and the loss of industrial space at Parkengue on Kernick industrial estate.
Principle development officer Mark Ball suggested the mixed-use site could help address the need for student accommodation created by the expanded university, but developers would need to show they could provide an appropriate amount and type of employment space.
Mr Ball also warned that Cornwall Council recently rejected plans to demolish industrial units on nearby Jennings Road as there were concerns it could set a precedent in an area they wish to keep for industrial use.
The proposals produced by Architect Design Group, call for the construction of one five-storey and one six-storey accommodation block equipped with laundry facilities, a site office and a student common room. There will also be a third, two-storey building earmarked for industrial or office based start-ups.
Mr Ball concluded, saying the redevelopment of the site for a mixed-use student accommodation and employment scheme may be acceptable in principle, but there is currently insufficient information in terms of design and technical supporting information.
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