Go-Ahead Tipped for Major Student Development

November 18, 2019

Accommodation for more than 400 students could be constructed in Coventry after new plans were recommended for approval.

Land at Spencer Sports and Social Club in Albany Road has been earmarked for the development.

If given the go-ahead by Coventry City Council, a total of 55 student clusters and 55 self-contained studio apartments would be created, resulting in a total of 436 student bedrooms over buildings ranging up to six storeys.

The proposals have been drawn up by Maber Architects but the council has redacted the name of the applicant.

Its planning committee is set to vote on the plans at a meeting on Thursday 21 November.

A council document published ahead of the meeting said: "The proposed development is considered to be acceptable in principle and will not result in any significant impact upon neighbour amenity, highway safety, ecology or infrastructure, subject to relevant conditions and contributions."

A statement submitted to the authority on behalf of the applicant added: "These proposals will regenerate this area and provide a long term sustainable use for this derelict back land site.

"The scheme will provide purpose built managed student accommodation for the students at Warwick and Coventry universities.

"New student accommodation will help to minimise the uptake of family housing in the Earlsdon area by students.

"The proposed scheme will provide contemporary high quality student accommodation, set within an attractive extensive landscaped setting. The buildings will provide a secure and inspiring environment for the students.

"The new community space will provide a new facility for the local residents. The layout and design of the proposed development respects the neighbouring houses and the locally listed building ‘The New Albany’ public house on Albany Road.

"The site has been vacant for many years; it is derelict and has been used for fly tipping and anti-social behavior.

"Therefore the development will greatly enhance the appearance and character of the area."

A Cassidy Group spokesman said: "Cassidy Group have been working closely with the council planning and urban design officers to gain their support and recommendation for approval.

"The application now submitted is supported by the council and meets all requirements in terms of policy and design.

"Coventry City Council have a policy to move students from houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) into purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), thus releasing traditional family homes back to the community."