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Plans for Bristol Infirmary to Be Discussed Again

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Plans to demolish the former Bristol Royal Infirmary building and turn it into student accommodation will once again be discussed by councillors after a section of the site was granted special protection.

Unite Students already own the plot and want to build a 750-bed block of student accommodation up to nine storeys high.

However, the plans have been met with fierce opposition, with closer to 1,000 objections being submitted to Bristol City Council.

The application has already been rejected twice but Unite has appealed to the government's Planning Inspectorate in a bid to overrule the decision.

The building was given a stay of execution last autumn after Historic England granted a small chapel on the site Grade 2 listed status. This meant the inquiry into whether the plans could go ahead was postponed.

A new date for the enquiry has yet to be announced, but is likely to take place in the next few months.

Under the proposals put forward by Unite, in addition to the 750 student beds, the 4,000 square metre building could also be used as office space or become a new medical school, while 23 parking spaces and 457 spaces for bicycles will also be provided.