HUNDREDS of student apartments are set to be approved despite residents’ fears they will ‘overwhelm’ the city.
Beyond the Box has applied to Colchester Council for permission for a 270-bed project at Colne Quay, in The Hythe, Colchester.
Located between the city center and the University of Essex campus, the project would largely consist of studio apartments.
But some residents have raised concerns that the development could “overwhelm” the town, fearing a loss of privacy and daylight due to the eclipse of the proposed tall buildings.
A resident’s representation submitted to council read: ‘I think the proposed development is far too big and will overwhelm the area.’
They added: “The focus seems to be on the students and what they need, think of us residents, we don’t want that.”
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Another opponent said: ‘Unlike the students residing there, who will have less affinity with the area than longer-term residents, the wishes of these people should be of the utmost consideration when making any decision. regarding this proposed monstrosity.”
The application received 62 objections but also 53 favorable representations.
According to a council report, the project represents a “significant investment” and is in an area designated for redevelopment.
He said: ‘The site offers the opportunity to provide high quality buildings, public realm improvements and footpath connectivity from the east side of the A134 south of the site to the Maltings and a footbridge that crosses the River Colne to the north of the site.”
The proposals also include the construction of a river wall. The proposed site is in flood zone 3, with zone 1 being the highest risk category, but the report continues to indicate that the existing river defenses are in good condition.
In addition to the 270 apartments, the blocks will contain common areas, staff offices and associated facilities.
With the exception of a small on-site car tire business, the land is currently vacant.
Colchester Council will vote on the program on Thursday.