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More Cardiff Beds Seeking a Change of Use

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Owners behind another block of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Cardiff are seeking permission to change the building's use.

The owners of Eclipse Tower in Newport Road Lane are looking to let a proportion of their rooms as professional serviced apartments.

Under the proposals, up to 235 beds of the 686 could be let to professionals, with the operator struggling to fill rooms due to a decline in students.

Those staying at the accommodation would benefit from a 24-hour concierge, a gym, laundry room, cycle storage and dining rooms.

Documents submitted to the council stated: "Understandably, given the recent worldwide pandemic, take up in university places and therefore living accommodation has been impacted."

"UCAS applications are showing a one per cent decrease in Wales. Coupled with uncertainty regarding international students being able to travel to the UK, means that student intake this academic year in Cardiff will be challenging."

"While the facility could operate at a lower occupancy, clearly there are significant cost implications associated with this which could put long-term viability at risk."

"It is also far preferable to see the building in full use rather than sitting empty for the upcoming academic year."

It is hoped that demand will increase in 2021, with international students able to travel more freely and therefore the proposed change of use is for one year only.