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Shrewsbury Student Accommodation Delayed

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Plans to build new student accommodation in Shrewsbury face delay again, after Shropshire Council urged a rethink over the design of the buildings.

Concerns have been raised over the appearance of the proposed buildings, on which preliminary works have already started.

The development sits on the former site of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College at The Tannery on Barker Street.

However, Shrewsbury Civic Society claimed the proposed buildings were out of character with the surrounding area.

The society's chairman Mike Carter, subsequently sent a letter to the council arguing the design did not address the significance of the site.

Mr Carter added: "We have discussed with officers our anxieties about the process by which the application was determined in 2015. There was very little time for proper consideration by anyone with concerns, there was an extremely short public consultation, the determination was not based on good design principles."

Shropshire Council's planning committee agreed to delay granting permission to provide architects the chance to address the design issues raised.

The plans had originally called for a 217-bed scheme with around 73 beds per block. The new plans will reduce the number of blocks to two, with one containing retail units and office space.

The accommodation is due for completion in time for the 2018-19 academic year.