Proposed Cardiff Student Flats Labelled a Farce

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Plans to incorporate student flats into Cardiff's new bus station have been labelled as a farce.

The plans for Cardiff's long delayed new bus station have been called in for another round of study. This follows a report undertaken by developer Rightacres in July that said the bus station could not go ahead in its present form.

The original plans had called for the construction of private flats and offices above the interchange, however this had now been deemed as unviable. The developers are now proposing they should be replaced with student flats.

The leader of the Plaid Cymru Group on Cardiff Council, Neil McEvoy, described the plans as "a farce".

He argued: "There is a time and a place for student flats but now isn't the time and the heart of the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone certainly isn't the place. That's a place for jobs."

Mr McEvoy went on to suggest the priority for the site must be to build a big enough bus station and in providing long-term quality jobs, rather than opting for student flats.

The bus station closed in August 2015 and construction on its replacement was scheduled to start in April 2016. However, the scheme only received planning permission this March, after which the developers said it would not be viable to include private rented flats.

Righacres are therefore looking to replace the flats with student accommodation, which prompted further delays due to a new planning application being submitted. It was also suggested if tenants couldn't be found for the offices, then that part of the building should also be transformed into student accommodation.

County Hall said the call in request will be discussed in detail at the meeting being held on Wednesday evening.