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Five-Storey Block of Student Flats Earmarked for Bournemouth

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Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Wootton Girls' Own Club in Bournemouth, replacing it with student accommodation.

Haysport Properties Ltd want to knock down the Victorian building in Bournemouth town centre and built a new five-storey block of student flats.

Under the plans, the new purpose-built block would contain 31 flats and will come equipped with associated parking.

Documents submitted as part of the application said: "The proposal seeks to gain maximum use of what is a currently under developed site and bring it into productive use through taking advantage of its excellent transport links and proximity to local services."

"The existing residential building is currently underused and ill-suited to modern living and is to be demolished making way for modern properties commensurate with today's needs."

"The 31 proposed student units are to be of a standard expected of a modern student accommodation."

A similar planning application was withdrawn earlier in the year. According to the applicant, the new scheme has a footprint 25% smaller than the original proposal, with fewer beds. Students will also have access to a private outdoor space.

The areas of Christchurch Road and the Lansdowne have been subject to a number of planning applications for student housing in recent years. This includes 930 beds currently being built in Oxford Road and Christchurch Road.