New student accommodation is proposed to be built within the grounds of Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, to replace an area of ‘budget landscaping’. The College is proposing to extend an existing building to create 17 ensuite student rooms, three of which are planned to be made fully accessible.
The three-storey extension is also proposed to include a shared communal kitchen to serve the new rooms and a “communal reflection room” all members of the College to be able to use. The plans said the reflection room will “provide enhanced spiritual and wellbeing facilities within the heart of the College”.
The application submitted to Cambridge City Council said the extension is proposed to be built north of the P staircase. The College described the existing area where the new extension is proposed to be built as ‘lacking the quality of other parts of the College’. It said the area was “dominated” by concrete paving slabs and said it had the “sense of mid to late 20th century council landscaping on a budget”.
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The College said the proposals will have a “neutral to minor positive effect on the surrounding heritage assets” and said it will have a “minor positive impact” on the conservation area. The plans said: “The proposals bring social benefits through the provision of improved facilities for the College; economic benefits through the enhancement of the local economy through the growth of College facilities; environmental benefits through the enhancement of hard and soft landscaping; and the introduction of a high quality new building providing student accommodation within College.”
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