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Appeal: 426-room student halls scheme allowed in business district despite policy conflict

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Plans for a 16-storey student accommodation block in Bournemouth’s business district have been approved despite conflict with the local development plan, after an inspector found the office use preferred by the council would be financially unviable.

The proposal relates to land currently used as a car park within Bournemouth’s main business district. The site has been described by the council as a “key class B1 site”, and the local core strategy requires development in the area to provide “principally office or tertiary teaching space”.

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