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Cambridge Student Accommodation to Be Refused

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Plans to build a series of new student accommodation blocks in Cambridge look likely to be refused due to their potential impact on the character of the city.

Proposals were put forward by King's College to build two buildings, a villa and garden building, which would be able to accommodate over 70 students.

Situated in the city's conservation zone and located in Grange Road, the development would sit near the site of the existing Grasshopper Lodge.

The plans will be put forward today to Cambridge City Council's planning committee. The committee has been advised to refuse the application on the grounds the development fails to preserve and enhance the character of the west Cambridge Conservation Area.

A report submitted by the heads of streets and open spaces, said: "The loss of trees required to accommodate the new buildings will have a material impact on the character and appearance of the area, especially Leckhampton Road, Cranmer Road and Grange Road at the junction with Cranmer Road.

"There is a strong concern about the loss of trees, loss of green space/garden from each exiting individual villa and the impact of additional bedrooms on a much reduced amenity space."