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Business’s bid to build student accommodation above showroom

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The applicant, Akbar Patel of AA Properties and Sons Limited, applied for outline planning permission for the site on Thynne Street at the end of last month.

Currently, it is the site of AA Performance Cars Limited, but the business is bidding to add five floors to its base on the edge of the town centre to form an accommodation block. The bottom floor would be a showroom as it is today but the rest of the floors would be standalone studios for students at the University of Bolton.

Each of these studios, of which there would be almost 100, would have its own facilities but there would be other facilities like a common room and a gym.

The Bolton News:

The application said the accommodation block, close to another accommodation block in the form of Orlando Village, is perfectly placed as a result of its proximity to the university and to the rest of the town centre.

The architects are Form Architects who are responsible for comparable developments in other areas of the North West including Lancaster and Liverpool.

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The application said: “The type of accommodation sought by students is a studio with a double bed and a dining/kitchen/study space with an en-suite shower. 

“This type of accommodation also includes common rooms and spaces for students to interact.

The Bolton News:

“There is not a specific scale or character to buildings in the area. The Mill behind the site is higher than the proposed re-development. 

“The Orlando Village has several blocks of four storeys and large blocks interspersed with lower level large buildings are prevalent.”

The application is for outline planning permission so the details like the appearance of the accommodation block are to be determined.

A consultation is open on the Bolton Council planning portal and the deadline for a decision by the local authority is at the end of August.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.

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