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Bournemouth Development Set for Approval

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Plans to build a 206-bed block of student accommodation in Bournemouth have been recommended for approval.

The application submitted by Victoria Hall Management calls for the demolition of Hendy House in Christchurch Road and the construction of a seven-storey block of purpose-built student accommodation.

The scheme is due to go before Bournemouth council's planning board next week, with officers already recommending planning permission be granted.

Documents submitted as part of the application said: "There is a pressing need for new student accommodation in Bournemouth."

"Bournemouth University has embarked on an ambitious expansion programme at both their Talbot and Lansdowne campus sites."

"However, the number of purpose-built student accommodation beds in the town has not increased to meet the growing student demand."

"In helping to address this demand, the proposed development could also help the council's housing delivery requirements."

The designs for the building have been revised from the initial plans following concerns raised by members of the public.

The revised plans have resulted in the rear of the building being lowered to reduce the impact on residents living behind the site.