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Controversial Plans Recommended for Approval

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Plans to convert and extend an office building in Huddersfield into more than 150 student flats have been recommended for approval.

Councillors have backed plans put forward by Union Property Services to redevelop Queensgate House. The offices were built in the 1990s and the ground floors are currently being used by the Huddersfield County Court, while the upper floors are vacant.

Under the plans the building will be converted into student accommodation, with an extension taking the site to seven storeys. The building would come equipped with 156 bedrooms, along with a gym, student hub and cycle storage.

Councillors had previously expressed their concerns over the scheme due to its scale and visual impact. However, the plans were revised, and the development has now been recommended for approval.

The planning officer's report on the scheme said: "In terms of the scale and design of the building, the amended scheme is considered to have satisfactorily addressed previous concerns, particularly relating to design, and is considered to be acceptable, and consistent with previous and extant approvals on neighbouring sites."

The recommendation has been put forward despite an objection from the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the County Court. The Court's current lease expired in December but is in negotiations to extend its tenancy.