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Plymouth Architect Says Student Flats Should Pay Council Tax

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A leading architect has suggested that student flats should not be exempt from council tax.

Founder of Architects Design Group, Ian Potts, suggests that encouraging people to live in the city centre brings economic benefits and added vitality but said: "It can't be good for the city's sake to have that demand on its utilities without paying its way."

Under current rules, a property is exempt from council tax if it is wholly occupied by full-time university of college students.

Mr Potts also wants Plymouth to have taller buildings, including constructing on top of existing sites.

He suggested that raising the heights of buildings and making sure every building pays its council tax dues will significantly increase Plymouth's resources as more than 75% of the city's income is attributed to council tax and business rates.

Mr Potts launched ADG in 1985 and designed an array of prominent Plymouth buildings including the newly opened £13m STEM Centre at City College Plymouth.