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Councillors Delay York Decision

Posted by Richard Ward

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Plans to build additional student accommodation in York have been put on hold after councillors expressed concerns over the size of the rooms on offer.

The decision on the 86 flats in Fawcett Street was deferred by councillors, who asked if planning officers could discuss with the developer ways to relieve their worries.

Each room is just over 30sqm, but officers suggested the plans show the flats are a reasonable size and similar to an aparthotel.

However, councillor Katie Lomas argued: "We need to keep an eye on this just for the welfare of people in our city being cramped into these teeny tiny rooms in order to live their lives. It's not an aparthotel. This is their residence."

Councillor Peter Kilbane suggested it looked like a 'student battery farm'. Councillors also raised concerns over the loss of business land, traffic to and from the site, a lack of communal areas and open space.