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Derby Student Scheme Set for Refusal

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Plans to build more student accommodation in the centre of Derby look set to be refused on the grounds it would negatively impact the city's heritage.

ALB Group, which is in the process of converting St Peter's House, in Gower Street, from offices to apartments, had put forward plans to build a 65-bed student block in its grounds.

Under the plans the development would consist of a five-storey building situated near to the St Peter's Churchyard entrance to St Peter's House.

The application submitted by developers, said: "The importance of the site in terms of its heritage status and location within the city have been important aspects that have driven the design. The site is within the Green Lane conservation area and is a designated open space but we feel the development outweighs the loss of the green open space by bringing vitality to this area of the city, which will strengthen and improve pedestrian flows to the shopping area, which will undoubtedly improve trade for existing shops, restaurants and bars."

However, planning officers have recommended the application is refused on the grounds it is "considered an unacceptable form of development".

In particular, the officers report highlighted that the plans would have a significant and irreversible impact on the character and setting of a number of heritage assets as well as the loss of protected trees.