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Guildford Development to Face Appeal

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Developers looking to build accommodation for more than 500 students in Guildford are appealing against the council's decision to deny it planning permission.

Plans to build a 533-bed purpose-built student accommodation scheme at a site next to Guildford College were rejected by the council's planning committee last year, even though it was recommended for approval.

The council suggested the scheme was have a detrimental impact on the character of the area and failed to provide enough parking or mitigate the impact on traffic and the local environment.

At the time of the decision, the Student's Union president said the decision was a scandal in light of the shortage of student accommodation in the town.

In documents submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in advance of the appeal hearings, Guildford Borough Council restated its objections to the scheme, which is labelled as "unacceptable" and "inappropriate".

The site is included in Guildford's draft Local plan, which the council hopes will be approved by the end of 2018 but is allocated for only 200 bedrooms.

A hearing for the appeal has now been scheduled for October.