In 2018 the Council granted planning permission for a 8 floor block of student accommodation. The developer, the F3Group, has made a second post-permission proposal to extend the permitted building to 14 floors.
Watkins Jones, a student accommodation specialist, has acquired a large site on the opposite side of Backfields to the former Coroner’s Court. The Society strongly supports redevelopment of this site but regrets that it cannot support this proposal.
What do Oxford and Bristol, two seemingly very different cities, have in common? Skylines under threat; insurmountable transport challenges; ugly in-your-face-developments; an expanding student population and a shortage of affordable housing. Quite a lot, it turns out.