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Residents Oppose More Student Accommodation

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Residents in Coventry have branded plans for a 570-bed block of purpose-built student accommodation as a "student block too far".

Cassidy Group is looking to develop the site of the former Spencer Sports and Social Club on Albany Road. However, residents have raised concerns over the scale of the project, which they deem as too great for a residential area.

The scheme will consist of three four, six and eight-storey blocks, as well as a cafe. Students will also be banned from parking a car within three miles of the site, although residents have described this policy as unenforceable.

Those who breach the no parking rule will risk forfeiting their tenancy and deposits but residents believe students will simply park on already overcrowded residential roads.

Five petitions with 171 signatures have been collected in objection to the plans, whilst residents have also referenced how plans for 22 houses were previously rejected due to parking being displaced onto residential streets.

Commenting on the project, director James Cassidy said: "The scale meets policy however they will, I believe, ask for a reduction in scale."

"There comes a point that if the council pushes the density too low we would have to say no."

"There is a one-time opportunity to put something in of reasonable scale that will make an impact on the area in terms of releasing houses of multiple occupation for residential homes."