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Decision Looms for Southampton Development

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Plans to build a 188-bed student development in Southampton are due to be presented to city planners this week.

The proposed development will be six storeys tall at its highest point and will come equipped with a gym, communal recreation area, plant room and cycle store.

The site also features three commercial units located on the ground floor.

If approved, existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the new accommodation.

Neighbours have voiced their anger over the plans, claiming that student accommodation is out of character with the Old Town area. There are also concerns the site will lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.

However, applicant Lainston Lupa LLP has argued the development of the site will reinforce the local distinctiveness of the Old Town, whilst case office Mathew Pidgeon noted it would lead to a positive relationship with the surrounding area.

Mr Pidgeon added: "Currently the site has a poor-quality appearance. The proposal, by contrast would introduce genuine active frontages to the street."

"Having regard to the city centre and highly accessible location of the site, it is considered to be appropriate to accommodate a significant body of student accommodation. The provision of a ground floor commercial use assists in providing an active frontage whilst retaining an employment use on the site."