Developers appeal against rejected plans for 425 bed student block in Fallowfield

The developers have appealed a decision to reject plans for a new “stunning” 425 bed dorm in Manchester.

The Watkin Jones Group had presented plans to convert the headquarters of the former Usdaw union on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield into “high quality and attractive” managed student accommodation.

City councils and planners agreed, however, that the construction would have an “overwhelming” impact on residential real estate and Platt Fields Park.

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More than 250 objections were also lodged against the project and the plans were rejected in September.

The planners said it would bring up to 425 students to an area that “already has a high level of student employment”.

The applicant was unable to provide evidence of a formal agreement with a local university or other higher education provider.

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Watkin Jones has now appealed the council’s decision to reject the project.

said MEN that Manchester sees a “growing need” to provide a home for students and that they have been “disappointed” with the decision.

A spokesman said: “Manchester remains a popular destination for students who play an important role in the local economy.

The planned development would be on the former Usdaw Union site
The planned development would be on the former Usdaw Union site

“There is a growing need to offer people a good home in sustainable locations during their studies, which also relieves the burden on local housing construction, so we were disappointed with the committee’s decision.

“We continue to seek to work positively with the city council and the local community during our call.”

If the plans were approved, two 13-story and five-story buildings would be built on the site while the Victorian-era Oakley mansion would be renovated.

Manchester City Council previously announced that it would open popular student neighborhoods to other families.

The local council is currently losing its council tax contributions as students who choose to rent a private apartment are exempt from paying.

The planning directors rejected the plans, saying the proposal would “have no positive effects on regeneration”.

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