New Student Accommodation Coming to Canterbury
Canterbury City Council grant planning permission to Canbury Holdings consortium for regeneration of a disused car showroom into a new student housing development.
The proposals designed by award-winning architect Guy Hollaway (Designer of the Rocksalt restaurant in Folkestone harbour & the world's first multi-storey, multipurpose skatepark planned for Folkestone) said the Student Housing development will offer accommodation comparable to a five star hotel.
The site is currently vacant and comprises the remains of the former Robins and Day garage, a Peugeot car showroom, a petrol filling station and warehouse storage buildings.
The designs by Guy Hollaway include a gymnasium, catering facilities, parking spaces for cycles and cars, and landscaped open space. The high-end student apartments are aimed at attracting residents for the duration of their studies, and should lure students away from traditional landlord digs in residential areas of Canterbury
The plans had attracted objections from Deloitte on behalf of Legal and General Assurance; Canterbury Christ Church University; Oaten Hill & District Society; First Plan on behalf of Petros; Rhodaus Close; Nunnery Fields and a resident in Chartham, one of the concerns raised is that the proposal would result in an "over provision" of student accommodation.
The completed student accommodation building will provide 539 bedrooms and could be finished ready for the start of the academic year 2016/17