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Bournemouth Scheme Approved Despite Design Concerns

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An application to build a seven-storey block of student accommodation in Bournemouth has been approved.

Bournemouth council's planning board agreed to approve the demolition of Hendy House to make way for the student residence despite mixed feelings about its design.

The original application was for a 10-storey building, but this was scaled back following feedback on the design.

Planning officers recommended the application be approved, suggesting it would not "materially harm" the amenities of people living close to the site.

However, residents argued there was no need for more university accommodation in Lansdowne and that new schemes should be built closer to campus.

In response, Savills planning consultant Peter Lamb said the building had been proposed on a speculative basis with no university contributing to the planning process.

Although the design was amended to make the building step down towards the residential homes behind the site, councillor Laurence Fear suggested the building represented a Soviet-era tower block.

Despite concerns over its appearance, the board's members voted nine to one in favour of the development.