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University of Birmingham Receives Permission for Its Revised Scheme

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Residents have lost their battle to stop the University of Birmingham from building nearly 500 new student bedrooms and a multi-storey car park.

Birmingham City Council's planning committee had previously refused permission to build a similar scheme on the plot at Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston, over concerns it would harm the conservation area and character of the neighbourhood.

However, the committee has now approved a revised scheme that contains 496 beds, as well as a four-storey multi-storey car park.

The university argued it had listened to concerns expressed by residents and amended its plans accordingly, however, 60 objections were still submitted.

Paul Rouse, from Savills planning consultants representing them, said: "The university has abandoned the previous scheme and is seeking approval for this revised scheme only because it believes it better addresses the wishes of local residents."

"The scheme is less favourable for the university in many ways but reflects a real desire to work the community."

According to Tim Owen, general manager for student accommodation at the university, said the beds will be used for first year students who usually want to live very close to the campus.