New Bangor student flat plans submitted
03 October 2013 |
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A PLANNING application has been submitted for a development near Bangor city centre which will provide accommodation for 64 students.
Developers, Glas Project Management and Construction, have outlined plans for the erection of a three-building development on Bron Derw, Garth Road, which will also include communal and ancillary facilities and parking.
The application will be a phased development which will be built over time on the Bron Derw site, which previously housed a GP's surgery before the buildings were adapted into offices.
The developers claim the project could have a positive impact on the city's housing needs by offering students purpose-built accommodation, which will free up houses in multiple occupation (HMO's).
The community and linguistic statement, submitted by agent Cadnant Planning, states: "The proposal where possible will aim to enhance the community benefits that will arise as a result of the development. "
"Providing purpose built student accommodation allows houses in multiple occupation (HMO) which are often occupied by students, to return to the traditional housing market.
"This would be beneficial in terms of freeing up HMO’s for local residents who are in need of such housing."
Garth councillor, Leslie Day said: “There is a point that it [Bron Derw site] has to be moved on and refreshed.
“I’m all for making the most of the site, but making the most of the site is not adding another three student buildings. There is just so much in the way of student accommodation at the moment. People are really upset about it, the height and the overdevelopment.
“As a Bangor and Gwynedd councillor, I will vote with both hands against this.”
The application will be discussed in the near future by Bangor City Council, before later being decided upon by the Gwynedd Council planning committee.
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