Student Housing Planned for Bangor High Street

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A planning application has been submitted to Gwynedd County Council to transform the former Debenhams store on Bangor High Street.

The application was submitted by John Sutton and it's hoped the scheme will boost the city centres economy.

Included in the plans are designs to install a new shop front and a single storey extension on the rear of the building to provide space for two new shops, and purpose-built accommodation for up to 49 students.

Plans had previously been submitted to turn Castle Hill Arcade into student flats, but were rejected by Gwynedd County Council amid concerns from locals about the volume of student housing that already exists in Bangor.

Bangor City Council have warned against the adverse impact to nearby listed buildings, if the development goes ahead.

Commenting on the planning application, consultants Cadnant Planning Ltd, said: "Not only will the proposed development be of benefit to individuals moving into the accommodation but also, it will have the added positive impact of freeing up the current private housing stock for families and younger couples."

It was also argued that young people are moving out of areas such as Gwynedd due to a shortage of housing. The development will therefore go some way in addressing this issue, while also providing economic benefits to local trade.