Approval of new student apartments in Coventry in a residential area

Plans for a new block of student accommodation in a residential area of ​​Coventry have been approved by council.

A total of 14 new studios are set to be built on vacant land in Berry Street, Hillfields, after a planning application was approved on January 13.

Each of the apartments will have a double bed, a kitchenette and an en-suite bathroom.

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The accommodation will be fenced and will have three parking spaces and a bicycle storage room.

The developer has also agreed to pay £24,354 to the NHS for improvements to local healthcare facilities.

A near-identical request for a 13-studio block on the land was approved in 2019.

The new request proposed to add an additional studio to the original design, and a condition of its approval was that construction work should begin within three years.

A block plan for the site shows that the studios will each have a double bed, kitchenette and bathroom

Planning documents show that West Midlands Police were concerned about the location of the block, given the area’s high crime rate.

The officer’s report by Case Officer Richard Edgington says: “It should also be noted that West Midlands Police reiterated the concerns of the proposal, in line with comments made on the original application.

“Their concern is primarily with the crime rate in the area. However, it is considered that this in isolation does not justify the refusal of the request.

“As such, given that the development is gated, with appropriate boundary treatments and lighting, it is considered that the fear and risk of crime can be adequately managed through such measures.”

59-69 Berry Street, where the apartments will be built. A council report says the site is currently vacant

The plans for the apartments received only one objection from a neighbor or third party.

The report summarized the objection as follows: “Increase in anti-social behavior” and “Incompatible use of land near residences for the elderly”.

The new block would be built from 59 to 69 Berry Street, opposite the Vernon Close nursing home.

The location is also close to a bus stop and Primrose Hill Park, and a 15-minute walk from Coventry University.

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