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Councillors Reject Norwich Student Development

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Despite planning officers recommending its approval, a major block of student flats in Norwich has been refused planning permission.

The proposed development would have resulted in 152 student bedrooms split across nine floors, located on what is currently being used as a Premier Inn car park on Duke Street.

Fourteen people spoke out in opposition of the application at Norwich City Council's planning committee meeting at City Hall this week.

A major point of concern was the building's proximity to Jane Austen College. It was suggested to the committee that the school and sixth form would suffer from a loss of light and with student bedrooms facing the college, be exposed to safe-guarding risks.

Head of communications at the college, James Goffin, said: "Children should not be learning or playing in the dark."

Most of those objecting to the scheme were residents of Dukes Palace Wharf located 25m across the river.

Although residents agreed the site must be developed, concerns were raised over its proposed scale, suggesting it would result in a loss of light and privacy.

However, the applicant rejected this claim, suggesting the two buildings were too far apart to result in a loss of privacy.
Councillors voted unanimously against the proposals on the grounds it would not ensure satisfactory living and working conditions and did not represent a high-quality design.