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Campus plan for more student flats

MORE than 170 new student flats are planned for the University of Chichester’s campus in Bognor Regis.


The university has submitted its latest proposals for the accommodation on land to the east of its site in Upper Bognor Road.


A statement by its planning agent, Stride Treglown, says: “There are 176 proposed bedrooms in this first phase of student accommodation proposals at the site.


“The long-term vision is to expand the accommodation at the site to 350 bedrooms in order to meet the requirements of the recently expanded university campus. The proposal to house this number of students on the campus reduces the need for traffic/construction/management disruption to Bognor Regis town, whilst also giving potential for a key demographic group to housed in the town.”


The university has some student rooms on the campus, Barbara Smith Hall, and received planning permission from Arun District Council for 136 more bedrooms in 2016.


This design has seen some minor amendments in the light of the Grenfell Tower fire in London last year and those proposals are awaiting planning approval by the council.


The latest proposals concern a new six and five-storey accommodation block on a plot of nearly 9,000 sq m.


As a result of the Grenfell fire, two-way escape has been built into the building with extra emergency escape stairs being added to both ends of the building.


Extra bedrooms have been placed in the space of the original stairs.


Stride Treglown adds: “The impact of these changes upon amenity is minimal.


“Any overshadowing of the neighbouring residential area is, at the worst case of time and season, over before midday and is comparable with the previously approved scheme.”

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