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Plans have been submitted to transform a former care centre in Coventry into student housing.
Under the proposals, developers are looking to knock down the former Aylesford Intermediate Care Centre in Coventry and replace it with purpose-built student accommodation for 189 students.
Spread over a four-storey building, the student flats would come equipped with en-suite bathrooms, along with shared communal areas and enough space for 120 bicycles.
The latest application is the second to be submitted on the site. Original plans faced objections from neighbours who were worried about noise levels, increased traffic and being overshadowed.
As a result of the consultation the height of the scheme has been reduced by one storey. Developers have also put forward a method for allowing students to be dropped off, which they argue will minimise traffic problems.
The current building was run by Coventry City Council up until 2015 when it was closed. The council subsequently closed the care home in favour of schemes where those in need stay at home but remain in constant touch with carers.
Commenting on the application, developers argued the student population had grown 42% in Coventry over the past five years, whilst international students have increased 138%.
Expectations are that demand for student housing in Coventry will therefore continue to rise.
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