New student developments approved by Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council yesterday approved plans to build new student accommodation on Oxford Street, Roath, and convert the former Cardiff Institute for the Blind on Newport Road into student flats.

LG Urban Developments Ltd will build 279 bed accommodation for international and postgraduate students on Oxford Street. The new development will be located just off City Road, near to the city centre. It will be a four-storey building painted in primary colours, and will have a courtyard and small café.

Concerns were raised to Cardiff Council’s Planning Committee over several issues, including parking, impact on local residence, and the burden on utilities and services.

Councillor Mary McGarry wrote that, “I have grave concerns regarding the parking provision included in the plans: 10 parking places for 279 people seems far too few. I realise that the idea is to discourage students from bringing their cars, but these plans assume that the students will be discouraged. I know, from long experience, that the majority of students do have cars and do bring them with them to university.”

But the architect argued that the development is intended to be marketed as a “study hotel” for international students who would not bring cars with them.

The Planning Committee decided that there would not be a negative impact on the local area and local residents, and the plans were approved with conditions. The developers have to submit plans for parking and traffic management, and make contributions to the Council for traffic order modifications and other costs.

The Council also approved the refurbishment of Shand House on Newport Road into 198 student flats and ground floor retail units.

13 September 2012


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