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Coventry Scheme Withdrawn by Beauford Group

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Plans to build 100 student beds in Coventry have been withdrawn by the applicant.

Beauford Group was planning to demolish the former Empire building to build new student accommodation at the site of the old live music venue at 150 Far Gosford Street.

The scheme would have been up to seven storeys high and provided a mix of studios and cluster flats. However, the development was withdrawn after a consultation process that raised concerns over the design and impact on the area.

Other objections included one raised by historic England on heritage grounds as the proposals did not preserve or enhance the character of the Conservation Area. In particular, they argued there was a serious lack of analysis on the impact.

Similar concerns were raised by the Council's Conservation team, who feared demolition of a building that was more than 100 years old would cause harm to the area.

They said in consultation: "There has been no impact assessment to understand how its demolition and subsequent total loss of significance would detrimentally impact on the setting and character of the conservation area, nor how the proposed seven storey, 100 bedroomed student accommodation would result in a significant change of character to the conservation area. The applicant needs to provide clear and convincing justification for the total loss of the Empire Nightclub."

Despite the reservations, plans were deemed acceptable by the Planning Policy department, due to its location relative to the universities.