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80% of Residents Oppose 29 Student-Flat Englefield Green Plans

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Fresh proposals for student accommodation in the Egham area were met with negativity from local residents, stating their village is being "turned into a student dormitory". Developer Places for People (PfP) unveiled plans on November 20th for 29 "state-of-the-art" student flats in place of the existing Ashedene House on St Jude's Road.

A public consultation held back in early October resulted in close to 90 people filling in a questionnaire raising their views on the matter. Whilst most respondents acknowledged the existing building needs a revamp, 83% would prefer the site to be used for social housing, and not student accommodation. Issues relating to noise, parking and loss of privacy were also brought up by locals in opposition to the plans.

The development would see 27 one and two bedroom flats be built, some with balconies and surrounded by trees and a communal rear garden. The site also plans for sufficient cycle storage to provide secure and covered spaces for each residential unit. The developer's proposal highlights the location is just a 9 minute walk or 3 minute cycle to the Royal Holloway university campus.