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Bristol Council Seeks More Control Over Student Housing

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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Bristol City Council is looking to make changes to its Local Plan, providing it with greater control over where student accommodation can be built.

The Local Plan sets out where housing and infrastructure should be built in the city during the next 20 years.

Although the council has offered its support to the city's two universities, many have raised objections to the large amount of student housing being built in and around the city centre.

The increase in student accommodation has also raised questions for the council, as students are exempt from council tax. It was estimated the local authority lost £13.2 million from more than 8,000 of the city's houses which have been transformed into student lets.

With both Bristol University and the University of the West of England (UWE) planning to increase their student intake in the coming years, the council is to outline areas where student blocks can and cannot be built and forcing landlords to apply for planning permission before changing private housing into student lets in areas where housing is scarce.

The council is now seeking Bristol residents to give their feedback to the proposed changes.