RESIDENTS of Bangor have raised fears that the city is becoming a student ghetto.
The comments were made in a meeting of Garth residents to discuss an outline planning application for a 64-student development at Bron Derw, Garth Road.
Residents believed the proportion of students was leading to an increase in planning applications for large-scale student accommodation which threaten to "submerge" the city.
Bangor resident, Lionel Gardner, said: “What concerns me is that Bangor is being submerged more and more by student accommodation.
“There's an unhealthy balance between university students and the population of Bangor - 12,000 students in a city of 13,000 is totally unreasonable. Parts of Bangor are becoming ghettos as part of a much bigger ghetto.
“Having an university sets Bangor apart, and I like living in a city with an university, but at this time I think there are too many students.”
Another resident, Bryn Tomos, added: “On what evidence do we need more student accommodation here?"
Councillor Jean Forsyth: "I haven't seen one house going back from a HMO to a domestic property and it's destroying the fabric of society because the youngsters can't find a first time home.
Residents also expressed concerns about noise, disruption, the Welsh language, tree felling and parking.
Councillor Les Day also questioned developers, Huw and Yi Jones, who attended the meeting, whether their targeting of Chinese students for the development was “racist”.
Yi Jones said: “Being Chinese myself, as a masters student nine years ago, arranging a room was very difficult. I could help Chinese students find a place to live.”
Mr Jones said: "We can put together a construction management plan in place to reduce noise and disruption during the hours of the day.
“We do believe that the way to have student accommodation in Bangor is by purpose built, managed accommodation.”
A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said: “The application is currently out to consultation and at present the intention, unless there are any changes in circumstances, is to report the application to the Planning Committee on November 4, 2013.”