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Cambridge Student Accommodation Planned for ‘Mount Unpleasant’

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Plans have been submitted which could result in the demolition of a north Cambridge office block to make way for brand new student accommodation.

Mount Pleasant House along with its 145 parking spaces will be bulldozed under the planning application if it gains approval on February 1.

Planning officers have already recommended the application is approved with the proposed student accommodation block consisting of 243 en-suite rooms and 24 self-contained studios.

In addition to the student flats the proposals would also see the current car parking spaces being replaced with four disabled spaces and cycle storage for 306 bikes, in order to encourage sustainable transport around the city.

The Howard Osborn development has been designed in partnership with St Edmund's College, Cambridge, although there is no guarantee the building will be used exclusively by its students.

Chair of the Planning Committee and Castle ward Councillor John Hipkin said of the plans: "This is a welcome application in that it replaces what we call locally 'Mount Unpleasant', and for that we are grateful.

"As for what may replace it, we have to bear in mind the proportion of student dwellings that are arising in the city.

"We will be looking very carefully at how a new development fits into the street scape – the architectural context is very important."

In response to a council consultation, Richard Footitt from the Richmond Road Residents’'Association also suggested the site needs redevelopment as soon as possible adding: "It is an eyesore at a critical location in a Conservation Area and the current office buildings are poorly designed.

"We would support imaginative residential development, such as university accommodation."