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Developers Seek Increase to Exeter Scheme

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Councillors have been asked to approve increasing the number of proposed flats to be built on land behind St James Park in Exeter.

Exeter City Councillors agreed to replace the St James Park 1,600-seater Old Grandstand in 2016, along with the construction of a new student development, which will help finance the project.

The student accommodation will be built on a car park behind the Big Bank, with developers already being granted permission to build a 312-bed block of studios.

Expectations are that steelworks for the new stand will start to go up at the beginning of April, with work due for completion by September or October.

However, the applicants now want to increase the number of student bed spaces to 336 in total. The external appearance of the scheme will remain unchanged, with the additional beds being created by adding more floors at lower ground level.

With councillors already approving the principle of student accommodation on the site, it is hoped the revised scheme will be given the green light.

Documents submitted as part of the application process said: "While the concerns of local residents and the St James Forum are understood it is considered that this site represents an appropriate location for purpose-built student accommodation. The principle of this use has already been established by the previous approval and therefore it is important in planning terms to make the most efficient use of the site."