Residents Object to More Student Flats
24th Apr 2018
More student housing could be coming to one of Cambridge's busiest streets after plans were submitted for a new four-storey block.
Under the plans put forward to Cambridge City Council, the existing four storey building located at 90-92 Regent Street will developed into 24 student bedrooms. The site is currently being used as offices, with shops and restaurants on the ground floor.
Although the planning application calls for the ground floor to be used as shop space, the three floors above would become student accommodation.
Documents submitted as part of the planning process suggest the accommodation will provide students with the option to live closer to campus rather than in off-site locations.
The design and access statement submitted alongside plans by Robert Lombardelli Partnership, said: "In the past, a percentage of Downing College's students have resided off-site. Whilst such accommodation may have been considered within easy travelling distance, Downing recognises the benefits of providing accommodation either on-site or at least on the peripheral of the College Grounds."
"Although much of Regent Street is designated to office space, under the Local Plan, the demand & trend for city centre office space is receding, with the Council encouraging office space to be located out of the city centre either towards the train station or on various nearby business parks."
"Downing College themselves have, in the past, been unable to let entire floors of several buildings that have consequently remained vacant for many years."
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