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Exeter Student Flats Given the Green Light

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Plans to build hundreds of new student flats in Exeter have been given the go ahead despite concerns from residents and the University of Exeter.

The real estate company Hines wants to build a four-storey block of flats for 244 students on land at Glenthorne Road.

Even though the university itself and residents objected to the scheme, councillors voted by seven votes to two to grant permission for the scheme.

Concerns were primarily related to the size and scale of the proposed development, while the university objected to the scheme due to over health, safety and traffic management issues.

Commenting on the development, Alex Knapp, Hines Managing Director, said: "We have had extensive consultations with residents about this. This is a highly sustainable site and its very proximity to the campus makes it a great site. Some residents have had a wilful desire to poke holes in this to prevent this development, but the expert's opinions, in favour of this, should have more weight."

Meanwhile, councillor David Harvey backed the plans, adding: "I don't think that anybody has shown me a compelling argument that I would be happy to stand in front of an inspector at an appeal to say 'this is why I turned it down'. There is no compelling argument to turn this down."