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Developers Drop Residential Flats for Student Accommodation

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Plans to build a £40 million block of high-rise flats have been dropped in favour of student accommodation.

Land Invest Ltd owns the derelict International Hotel in Rutland Street and has said it cannot wait any longer for Leicester City Council to grant it planning permission for their proposed complex of apartments aimed at first time buyers.

The city's planning committee voted to defer the decision on the 428 flats, suggesting they needed more information on the size of individual flats, due to concerns raised over living standards.

Councillor Patrick Kitterick raised concerns that 242 of the flats were too small, comparing them to bedsits.

In response, developer Caroline Reynolds has indicated they will look to implement a cheaper £14 million scheme instead, as planning permission was granted in 2011.

The existing planning permission is for 454 student bedrooms, along with a cafe, shop space and offices.

Although it's accepted the student flats are also limited in size, it was less of a concern due to the limited time students spend living in them, compared to permanent residents.