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Green Light Granted for Bristol Student Flats

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A large, 260-bed, student accommodation scheme has been given the go-ahead in Bristol.

The development site is located in St Phillip's Marsh, an industrial area east of Temple Meads.

Bristol Temple Quarter and St Phillip's Marsh have been targetted by the Bristol City Council's local plan for ambitious regeneration projects.

Planning permission was granted to developers Watkin Jones and Merrion on 16th November.

Demand in Bristol has continued to rise rapidly in recent years, and this scheme will help cater for the expanding student population.

The University of Bristol is planning on opening the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus nearby.

Located on Gas Lane, the development site currently houses a car repair workshop, car park and office spaces. The construction project would see the existing buildings demolished to make way for the new scheme.

Speaking on behalf of Watkin Jone, Fergus Sykes said: "The proposals include significant highways improvements to Gas Lane, Freestone Road and the Dings tunnel. Our proposals offer an immediately deliverable solution to kickstart regeneration here and we intend to get on site within six months."

Improvements to the local infrastructure have been planned as part of the development including roads, pavements and cycle lanes.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Andrew Varney stated: "Although it's far from perfect, the highways improvements and new pedestrian route are to be welcomed. There's obviously a need for more purpose-built student accommodation in the area bearing in mind the new university campus, and it will take pressure off the existing housing stock."