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15/09/2017

Appeal: Student accommodation refused in Durham despite ‘proven need’

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Plans for a 60-room student accommodation block in Durham have been blocked despite a manifest need for 4,000 extra rooms by 2020, after an inspector afforded the council’s development plan more weight than the university’s accommodation strategy.

The proposal sought permission to build a part two-storey, part three-storey block of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) on a patch of vacant land between two traditional terraced streets.

The local development plan is composed primarily of the City of Durham Local Plan (LP), published in 2004. However, the council released an interim policy on student accommodation in 2016, based.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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