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Yet More Student Beds Coming to Cardiff

Posted by Richard Ward

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Plans to build 350 new student flats in Cardiff look set to be approved.

Situated on land off Mynachdy Road, applicants Mederco want to construct studio flats in five three-storey blocks, along with a community centre and boxing club.

Cardiff city planners have recommended the plan for approval despite objections from residents and politicians over what they described as being a "gross overdevelopment" of the former coal storage depot.

Commenting on the development, Cardiff North MP Anna McMorrin, said: "This is the third planning application for the redevelopment of the former coal yard in 10 years. The previous application of 249 student units approved in 2012, was met with anger and hostility of residents who felt alienated in their own community".

"The incremental increase in units in the plan has inevitably exacerbated this, hence the unanimous opposition to the development which has been expressed at both meetings and echoed on the doorstep."

Ms McMorrin went on to argue it was difficult to justify the need for more student accommodation given the number of schemes already in the pipeline.

However, planners said the proposals will help redevelop a brown field site, which has recently been subject to fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.