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Major Student Development in Coventry Moves Forward

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More student accommodation looks to be heading to Coventry after planners recommended the former art deco pub in Tile Hill is demolished to make way for purpose-built student accommodation.

A new block would see the existing Auto Choice car dealership buildings flattened to make way for 210 student bedrooms on Fletchamstead Highway.

The dealership has occupied the site since 2009, but was previously home to The Fletch pub.

Under the plans the student development will be up to six storeys tall and contain 210 ensuite bedrooms.

A previously application to develop the site into 222 bedrooms was scrapped to allow for a redesign after advice from the council.

According to documents submitted as part of the application, the development will most likely be suited to students attending the University of Warwick, which is just a 25-minute walk away.

Residents have objected to the scheme, fearing there will be an increase in noise, letter and anti-social behaviour if students move in to the area.

There are also concerns over the lack of car parking spaces planned for the development. Although the planning application states: "In terms of the available parking spaces on site the applicant states that these will be strictly controlled and distributed on the basis of need."

"All students hoping to live on site will be informed that car parking is limited to those in need and that the ownership of cars by tenants is prohibited and could lead to eviction."
"The applicant notes that such lease agreements are common where students owning cars is strictly discouraged."

Those supportive of the scheme said the development is an attractive design and offers an alternative to students living in Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

A final decision on the scheme is due within the next two weeks.