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Norwich Student Scheme Set to Go Ahead

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Plans to turn a car park in the centre of Norwich into student accommodation with around 300 beds look like they will receive the green light.

The land situated at 37-43 Surrey Street sits adjacent to Sentinel House and is being developed by SCY Student Accommodation Ltd.

The plans had originally called for 307 student bedrooms, but the plans were scaled back to include 285.

The building will vary in height from three to eight storeys and will consist of 250 single bedrooms, including 14 accessible units and 35 studios.

SCY also proposed a new pedestrian link between Queens Road and Surrey Street, which will run through the site between the new building and Sentinel House.

Planning officers had recognised the site was set aside for an office-led mixed-used development, however they said this type of scheme was unlikely to due lack of demand for office space in the city.

Documents submitted as part of the application said: "On balance it is considered that an alternative form of development for student accommodation can be supported, particularly as it can deliver substantial economic benefits for the city centre from the expanding student population, help contribute towards Norwich's five-year housing land supply and reduce pressure on the general housing stock."

The scheme has been recommended for approval ahead of a final decision.