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Liverpool student residence plans approved

An artist's impression of the development
The University of Liverpool said the development will help attract students

Plans to build a £45m student accommodation complex in Liverpool have been approved, despite objections from nearby residents.

Liverpool City Council passed an application from the University of Liverpool for the 710-bedroom development in Chatham Street.

The site is currently used as a car park for university staff.

Residents said they were concerned about the impact of introducing more students to the area.

They objected to the design of the development - which comprises of two six-storey buildings and includes shops and a restaurant.

Residents also said it could lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour and problems with noise in the area.

'Negative impact'

Councillors for the city's Central Ward, Sharon Sullivan, Christine Banks and Nick Small, called for the plans to be rejected at the planning committee's meeting on Tuesday.

They argued the development would have a "negative impact on residential amenity."

The university said the accommodation will be environmentally friendly. It will have a low energy heating and cooling system, rainwater harvesting, low energy lighting and solar thermal water heating.

A spokesman for the University of Liverpool said: "We're delighted to have been awarded planning permission for our new Eco-Residences project. It's important for us to be able to offer the kind of world-class accommodation that will attract the best students to Liverpool.

"The accommodation sets new sustainable and quality standards for student accommodation and additionally provides much-needed catering facilities for South Campus."



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