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Cardiff Schemes Seek Alternative Use

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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Two prominent blocks of student accommodation in Cardiff have submitted a change of use requests due to inadequate student numbers.

The first temporary change of use was submitted by Fusion Students for its Zenith scheme in Cardiff Bay due to what it described as unprecedented disruption across the student accommodation sector. A letter submitted as part of the application process to allow the building to be used as serviced apartments said: "As a result of the global recession, uncertainty around term dates and application procedures, and the possibility of continued travel disruption, there could be markedly fewer students arriving for the new term, from both the UK and particularly abroad."

"The sum of these factors is that we will be under substantial financial strain. This crisis could result in many of our PBSA beds being left empty during 2020-21."

The negative outlook was reflected by a letter from Collegiate with regard to The Neighbourhood scheme. It said: "The Neighbourhood is not currently fully ley and we are aware through conversation within the wider student housing sector in Cardiff that occupancy rates across the City are similarly below expectations this year."

"Looking forwards, bookings for September 2020 have virtually ground to a halt since Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University closed in March 2020."