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University of Birmingham Scheme Faces Delay

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Plans to build hundreds of new student bed spaces in Birmingham could face delay.

The University of Birmingham is looking to construct ten student accommodation blocks with a total of 532 beds, however, councillors have voted to delay making a final decision until a site visit is carried out.

The application has already been recommended for approval by planning officers. Under the proposals, 302 bed spaces have been earmarked for the car park site at the Pritchatts Park student village, while 230 units could be delivered adjacent to Ashcroft.

The plans also include a 608-space multi-storey car park, which will replace the existing 289-spaces provided.

Documents submitted as part of the application said: "The detailed design has been developed in consultation with the city and the resulting scheme is considered to be of a high-quality design that would sit comfortably within its surroundings and would have no material adverse impact on adjacent residential occupiers through overlooking and loss of privacy."

The university argues that there is a desire to create a greater level of diversity in accommodation type, as well as provide more affordable bedrooms for new students entering the university.