PLANS for student accommodation for 653 people next to the River Colne have been given the green light.
The site off Colne Road, Huddersfield, will be made up of four blocks of between four and seven stories.
But the proposal will displace around 500 cars which daily use the site for parking.
Kirklees Council Planning Sub Committee approved the proposal yesterday despite a number of concerns regarding parking for both students and residents.
Clr Adrian Murphy told the committee: “This is a absolutely perfect location but they should be made responsible for making some parking provision.”
But the applicant, Watkin Jones and Son, proposes tenants will be made to sign a contract agreeing to not park in the surrounding residential areas to further support the ‘car free development’.
One neighbouring resident raised concerns regarding ‘over developing’ the site which has been drastically changed in the last 20 years.
But councillors gave the go ahead saying the site was the ideal location to meet needs of students and further enhance the area.
The plan will also includes a central landscaped courtyard with a bridge linking Commercial Street and King’s Bridge Road, within a minute’s walk of Huddersfield University.
The site is bound by the River Colne to the south and east, Commercial Street to the north and King’s Bridge Road to the west.