Oxford

Student accommodation plan for Clements Street Car Park

The two new buildings joined by a glazed walkway
Image caption The development has been moved away from surrounding buildings, the architects say

Plans to build student accommodation on a car park in Oxford have gone out to public consultation.

A previous scheme for the St Clements Street site, near Magdalen Bridge, attracted criticism.

The planning application was refused last September and is now the subject of an appeal.

The new layout for 140 student units consists of two blocks joined by a raised glazed walkway.

A public street runs through its centre, to the Angel and Greyhound meadow.

Roger Smith, the planning consultant for developer Watkin Jones, said: "We consider that this is a much better proposal which takes account of the conservation area."

Fewer parking spaces

The development has been moved away from surrounding buildings.

The new architects said the building seemed to have a lower profile because the gradient of the land dropped away towards the meadow.

There are currently 112 parking spaces at the city centre car park. This will be reduced to 80 under the new plans.

The developer is hoping to submit the application in June and, if it is approved, wants to start the 11-month build in October.

Anyone with views on the plans should contact Mr Smith at Savills Oxford.

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