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Appeal: 286 student flats refused in historic Oxford

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Highly controversial plans for new student accommodation in Oxford will not go ahead after an inspector ruled that Oxford's housing crisis is ‘only temporary’ and cannot outweigh ‘more permanent’ harm to heritage assets.

The application, first submitted in 2015, sought permission to build two L-shaped three-and-a-half-storey blocks of purpose-built student accommodation, with room for up to 286 residents. The appeal site is a 1.19-hectare parcel of land on the eastern edge of Oxford city centre, comprised of disused tennis courts, allotments and orchards.The site is owned by Merton College, which traces its........
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