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136-bed Scheme Proposed for Bath Charity Warehouse

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Plans have been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset council, which could see a charity warehouse in Twerton being converted into student accommodation.

A planning application has been submitted to transform the Hollis Building on Lower Bristol Road into student accommodation for up to 136 residents and could also include communal spaces, a reception area and a disabled car parking space.

Under the proposals, the building could be between three and five storeys high, and would include 53 flats with five or six en-suite bedrooms sharing communal areas, as well as numerous studio apartments.

The Hollis Building is currently being used by the charity Mercy in Action, who opened their shop in 2015.

The charity is already looking for a suitable replacement site, with founder of Mercy in Action, Allison Todd, saying: "We have been in talks with the planners from the start when they expressed interest in buying it.

"They are working really hard to find us somewhere else that well suited for us for the next 20 years."

The planning application has been submitted by McLaren (Hollis) Ltd, and suggests that the client identified a need for student accommodation within Bath. The developers argued the provision of purpose-built student accommodation reduces pressures on traditional housing and provides opportunity for the release of housing back to local families.

The application is currently open for consultation with a decision on the application due by mid-October.