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New plans for huge student tower block unveiled
2:15pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
CONTROVERSIAL PLANS to build a huge tower block of student flats in Southampton city centre will be on show tonight.
Bouygues Development want to build a development featuring a 20-storey tower in Charlotte Place, which would accommodate 154 student flats.
Following opposition from nearby residents, the developer has amended its initial plans, and the revised blueprints will be shown at an exhibition at the Newtown Youth Centre.
The French firm originally handed in its application in October, but has been scaled back its initial proposals in the face of local opposition.
As well as the student flats there would be 581sq m of space for businesses, restaurants, health centres and leisure use on the ground floor.
It would have associated parking and communal facilities, while a new pedestrian walkway from Charlotte Place to Compton Walk would also be created.
Seventy-four objections had been made to the plans by members of the public ahead of tonight's exhibition at the youth centre in Graham Road.
The exhibition will last from 6-8pm.
Pat O'Dell, from the Charlotte Place Campaign Group, said: “This is probably the last chance you will have to raise any objection to them, or to ask any questions.
“If you are really concerned about your neighbourhood and the quality of life for yourselves, your families and their future then be involved.”
The city council will decide on the plans later this year.