Student Developments Driving Out Coventry's Businesses
20th Jul 2018
Plans to build a substantial block of student accommodation at the Wansdyke Business Centre in Bath have been turned down.
Developers had called for the construction of 126 student studios, as well as various commercial units and a fitness centre at the Wansdyke site in Oldfield Lane.
Local residents had campaigned against building additional student accommodation in that part of the city, arguing there is a greater need for more housing targeted towards lower income families.
In addition to objections from residents, Tory prospective candidate Ben Howlett also opposed the plans from the start.
Mr Howlett said: "I am really pleased the planning committee has listened to the views of residents and refused the application for the proposed development on this site.
"There is a shortage of commercial units and affordable housing in Bath, and more land should be allocated to the development of these sorts of premises.
"We need to encourage student accommodation to be built on land available at Bath and Bath Spa University campuses, freeing up more development space for non-student residents in other parts of Bath."
The application was refused permission on the basis that the development would "undermine the character and appearance of the area", which is predominately Victorian.
It was also deemed its locality to the Grade 2 listed Church of Our Lady and St. Alphege, along with the proposed scale and massing, would have a harmful impact upon setting of the church.
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