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Bath Student Flats Given the Green Light

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A new block of affordable student accommodation in Bath has been granted approval.

Planning permission was granted to the 63-bed scheme located on the Old Bakery site in Jews Lane, despite concerns that high levels of student accommodation would negatively impact local communities.

At the meeting of Bath and North East Somerset Council's development management committee, councillor Will Sandry also raised the issue of parking spaces. The new purpose-built student accommodation will result in the loss of 15 parking spaces, with just seven of the current 22 being retained.

In response to the criticism over the lack of parking, the developers indicated they will expressly write into their lease that students are not allowed to bring cars to the city and if they do their leases will be terminated.

It's hoped the clause will act as a strong deterrent to those thinking of bringing cars, however councillors argued the rule would be impossible to enforce.

Documents lodged with the council as part of the application also argued the brownfield site was under-utilised and the plans offered significant potential to make better use of the land, whilst improving the visual qualities of the site.

The new development will be managed by CRM Students, who plan to monitor and enforce parking restrictions daily.