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Loughborough Scheme Denied Planning

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A huge student development in Loughborough has been refused planning permission by Charnwood Borough Council.

The 12-storey block was earmarked for land to the west of Aumberry Gap and would have resulted in the demolition of existing buildings on the site to provide 612 student flats, as well as flexible commercial space. The development also featured a rooftop five-a-side pitch.

The site is currently home to commercial and retail properties including a restaurant and a vehicle repair garage.

According to the council, it was considered that the adverse impacts of the building would have significantly outweighed the benefits.

The council added: "The application site is in an area characterised by predominantly traditional terraces and modern and traditional three storey development, which would be dominated by the height, bulk and scale of this proposal. This would have an adverse impact upon the character and appearance of the town centre and upon a main approach road into the town."

"The proposal fails to achieve the aims of the Town Centre Masterplan by virtue of its height, scale and bulk and its consequential impact upon the character and appearance of its surroundings. It has not addressed the fundamental concerns of the Design Review Panel and the Council’s Team Leader for Natural and Built Environment."