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Huddersfield Councillors Unlikely to Support Large Student Developments

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Councillors in Huddersfield have said they are unlikely to support more high-rise student flats in the town centre.

The comments were made by councillors due to plans to evict judges and solicitors at Huddersfield County Court to make way for student accommodation.

The Ministry of Justice has objected to plans to redevelop the three-storey offices at Queensgate House on the ring road.

Commenting on the application, Councillor Carole Pattison, said: "I totally object to the size and the change of use of this."

"We did agree to the conversion of the old Co-op building and we did agree to add floors on top of that."

"But I certainly wouldn't like to see this."

"I do think we've reached our limit with student accommodation."

Meanwhile, Councillor Rob Walker expressed concerns of the scale and height of the plans, which will affect views looking out from the centre of Huddersfield and beyond.

Naresh Abrol, director of Union Property Services, who are responsible for the scheme, objected to the comments. He suggested there is still demand for quality purpose-built student accommodation and would continue to pursue the scheme.