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Middlesbrough Student Housing Goes To Appeal

Plans by Bowesfield Developments for two new towers to accommodate student housing in the centre of Middlesbrough have gone to appeal following the rejection of the scheme by the local council.

Bowesfield Developments are a subsidiary of the Mandale Group who previously tried to propose a 100 metre plus tall student residential building with private penthouses in Middlesbrough, but saw that plan knocked back too despite securing outline planning permission.

This time round the complaints focus on the fact that the development has no parking. With 20 and 13 storey towers sharing a podium block, and an expected building population of 429 students, there are fears from local residents that people will park in their streets.

Some local residents are also calling for the installation of CCTV to protect them from "anti social" behaviour of students because of the reputation some undergraduates have for various scrapes and hijinks.

Middlesbrough Council backs up the complaints about parking and believes that the lack of it has created "a bland and incoherent fašade" and that the development requires about 88 spaces for cars in what is a part of the town with little extra space for them on side streets.

Bowesfield claim the opposite, with the lack of a car-park as a reason why the buildings will look so good, and state that no car parking is needed because the development is already situated in the centre of the town with good rail and bus links.

With the past history of the site and Bowesfield/Mandale's determination to get something built, it seems even if they get knocked back again they will keep trying as purpose-built student accommodation is still a boom area of the property market.

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