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500-bed Cardiff Development Set for Approval

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Plans to build a 500-bed student development in Cardiff are set to be given the green light this week.

Cardiff Metropolitan University submitted plans last year to develop the site on the former caretaker's bungalow on its Cyncoed Campus.

Under the plans a seven-storey building would be constructed, comprising of 56 cluster flats with a total of 518 beds.

In addition to the student accommodation, the plans also call for the construction of a two-storey building to be dubbed as 'The Forum', which will feature student support services, social space and a coffee shop as well as first floor conference facilities able to host 150 people.

After a period of consultation with the council, the scheme was amended to reduce its height and increase variation.

A report prepared prior to Cardiff City Council's planning committee meeting, has recommended the plans are approved subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement. This is despite numerous objections being raised.

The report said: "It is considered that the amended proposals will result in high-quality accommodation and student facilities on the university campus, which have been subject to design improvements that will ensure the continued protection of the Queens Wood, an ancient woodland and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation."

The report suggested that despite concerns of residents in regards to the building's height and scale, the development will be largely screened by existing woodland and vegetation.

In total 250 objections were submitted by nearby residents, as well as three separate petitions.