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94-bed Bath Scheme Approved

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A new block of student accommodation is to be built on land behind Argos, next to the Destructor Bridge in Bath.

Planning officers of Bath and North East Somerset Council approved plans to build purpose-built student accommodation with enough bedrooms for 94 students.

Plans to build 115 student beds on the same land next to Midland Road, opposite the Western Riverside development, have now been withdrawn.

The local authority calculated it would be 300 homes short of its own housing target, which led to officers retracting their support for the original plans. The subsequent revised application includes 14 professional flats on the ground floor, with student accommodation across the top four storeys.

Developers Watkin Jones have significant experience in building student housing and aim to have the development built in time for the 2018/19 academic year.

Figures released last year show the University of Bath is planning to grow its student population from 14,000 to around 19,3000 by 2020/21, which will lead to the requirement of an additional 4,700 beds. Bath Spa University also intends to increase its full-time students from 6,632 to 7,732.

The council has already said its overall aim is to ensure a fair balance that enables Bath's universities and colleges to fulfil their growth ambitions while also ensuring an effective community balance is maintained.