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Oxford Brookes' Plans Rejected Again

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Plans put forward to build new student accommodation in Oxford have been rejected for a second time.

Oxford Brookes University had been looking to redevelop Clive Booth Student Village, providing housing for an extra 500 students. The project consisted of demolishing twelve existing buildings and replacing them with twelve new blocks, which were set to have six stories each.

However, councillors voted against the plans citing a loss of biodiversity as a concern, along with the height of the new blocks and the fact residents' fears were being ignored.

Previous plans to redevelop the site were rejected in 2019, which saw the university scale down the height of the buildings.

Commenting on the decision, Oxford Brookes University said: "We are disappointed that planning permission for the redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village has not been granted despite a recommendation for approval by planning officers, recognition of the redevelopment in the Oxford Local Plan and extensive public engagement resulting in significant changes and improvements to the previous application."

"The University will now consider next steps in relation to this proposed development which would benefit students and the wider community."