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Cambridge Student Accommodation Receives Positive Feedback

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Residents in Cambridge have responded favourably to plans to replace an "ugly" student block with more modern buildings.

Despite concerns raised over its proximity to the city's conservation zone, Clare College has put together a pre-application proposal for student accommodation in Cambridge, situated in Chesterton Road.

Under the plans the existing 1930s building would be demolished and replaced with more efficient, purpose-built student accommodation.

Members of the public were invited to a public exhibition last week, where the plans were explained in detail. The proposal calls for the development of 52 student rooms, along with 27 studio and one-bed flats.

According to the college: "The current buildings are nearing the end of their useful life and do not provide suitable accommodation for graduate students. The buildings are expensive to maintain and repair and have high energy costs. Refurbishment of the existing properties has been considered but it not financially viable."

If given the green light, work could take up to 18 months to complete.

Although the site doesn't site within the city's conservation zone, residents expressed concerns about how close the buildings were to it, as well as its proximity to family homes.

Despite the concerns, many residents appear to be pleased with the design, suggesting they were an improvement on the existing "ugly" buildings already there.