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Appeal: 13-storey student accommodation block allowed in conservation area

Newcastle-under-Lyme / Derek Harper

Plans to replace a former cinema with a 13-storey block of purpose built student accommodation can go ahead after an inspector decided that it would have a positive impact on the surrounding conservation area.

The appeal relates to a former Savoy cinema in Newcastle-under-Lyme, built in 1913. Later converted to a bingo hall and then a nightclub, it has been vacant for some time and is now in a state of disrepair. It sits within the Newcastle Town Centre conservation area (CA), close to the grade II listed Guildhall, but its immediate surroundings are of 1960s design.

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