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Huge Norwich Development Set to Be Approved

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Council officers have recommended a huge student accommodation scheme in Norwich should be approved, after developers made last minute changes to the application.

The £45m revamp of two massive tower blocks in the centre of Norwich looks set to receive the green light after developers Crown Student Living reduced the height of the towers and cut the number of beds to 702.

Under the plans, St Stephens Towers, which was once used as offices for Aviva, will be turned into student flats. This is despite councillors being concerned over the sites ambitions, which are not in the authority's blueprint for the development of the area.

Commenting on the proposed scheme, senior associate planner for Lanpro, Ian Reilly, said: "The proposed student accommodation will provide for significant benefits with regards to the local economy, the accommodation offering available to the city's students and the appearance of the St Stephens Street area."

The University of East Anglia and its student union have both backed the scheme, as has city hall officers.