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Controversial New Student Tower Block Set for the Go-Ahead

Today is judgement day for the go-ahead on plans for a new six-storey city centre tower block.

Developers Sydney and Cardiff want to build the tower block on St. Andrew’s Lane, off Dumfries Place, on a site which is currently used as a car park. Cardiff councillors from the town planning committee will meet today at City Hall to discuss the scheme.

The original scheme submitted earlier this year proposed provision for 99 student accommodation bedrooms in a seven floor block, but the revised and most recent application proposed six floors containing 84 bedrooms.

If the plans are to go ahead, the area of St. Andrew’s Place and junction with Dumfries Place will be improved including resurfacing of roads and kerb realignment where needed, but the proposals have met with mixed and sometimes controversial reactions.

The NCP are objecting with regard to the impact on traffic flow from St. Andrew’s Lane and Dumfries Place multi-storey car park, while nearby residents and landlords have objected to the proposed tower block building on grounds of building height and the modern character and appearance of the building in a recognised conservation area. Planning officers have deemed both these issues so far to pass as ‘acceptable’. 

Further complaints included the prospect of significantly increased pedestrian activity and traffic on the lane, along with a reduction in daylight accessible to other buildings.

The verdict should be known later today. 

Source: WalesOnline

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