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323-bed Scheme Proposed for Cardiff

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A planning application has been submitted to Cardiff City Council to develop more than 300 student flats at a new "landmark" building on the site of a former office building in Trade Street.

Proposals put forward by Dovey Estates call for the existing Suffolk House building to be demolished to make way for four blocks of accommodation between one and eight storeys tall.

The development will consist of 75 studios, and cluster flats of between six and ten beds with the scheme having 323 student beds in total.

Also included in the designs are facilities such as a gym, common room, cafeteria, roof garden and 130 cycle parking spaces.

According to the documentation submitted as part of the application: "The proposed development would contribute positively towards the shortfall of student accommodation in Cardiff, and potentially reduce pressure on the housing market.

"The development takes cues from the local context, including the new development at Central Square. The proposal will enhance the varied local vernacular as well as creating a suitable landmark building."

The site of the proposed student housing is located close to the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It also falls within the Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone.

A decision is expected on the application by the end of July.