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Manchester Scheme Granted Approval

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Alumno Student has been granted planning permission to build a nine-storey block of student accommodation in Manchester.

Located near Mancunian Way, the site is currently occupied by Church Inn public house, which is no longer being used and has been become rundown.

The development will contain 62 studio apartments, as well as a rooftop terrace, an office and storage space for 12 bikes.

Commenting on the project, David Campbell, managing director of Alumno, said: "We are also working to provide pioneering navigation aids using GPS wayfinding technology to help visually impaired students, and will install CCTV surveillance equipment to ensure the site is safe and secure, and deter anti-social behaviour."

"As usual with our student residences, we will also commission new public art to enhance the public space around the building."

"We're hoping that getting the green light on this exciting project will provide a much-needed boost to our industry during these tough times."

According to the applicant, the development will support two key ambitions of Manchester City Council. Firstly, to prioritise purpose-built student accommodation to help protect family homes from conversion into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Second, to reduce the need for travel and minimising emissions by building student accommodation close to the university.