Anger as developers plan more student housing in Canley

Builders planning to put up a student village on the site of a former social club in Canley are being met with fierce opposition from councillors and residents.

The site, on Marler Road, used to be a sports and social club.

Now it has planning permission for up to 44 dwellings, but developers Urban Pulse are planning a potential 300-bed gated block for students.

The site before it was demolished

David Skinner, Marcus Lapsa and Tim Mayer, councillors for Westwood ward, have started a petition to turn the land into affordable housing instead.

“We are calling on Coventry council to reject plans for a potential 300-bed gated student accommodation block,” they said.

“We are concerned about additional transport and parking problems, plus safety issues for students walking to and from the site.

“We believe the site would be much better suited to helping the Canley community grow by providing much needed starter and family accommodation and adequate associated parking.

“Just one mile up the road the council are looking at destroying green belt land at Cromwell Lane to provide family housing so our petition is calling for new plans to be brought forward that include both affordable and family housing, as well as adequate on-site parking and accompanying traffic improvement measures at the former Canley sports and social club.”

And they said that discussions with residents revealed the level of anger over the plans.

“The residents we’ve spoken to in the area are strongly opposed to the current plans for this site and are keen to lodge their objections.

“We of course want to see this site redeveloped and brought back into use. It has been disused for far too long, but it must be in a way that benefits the Canley community.”

Concerned residents are asked to email to give their views.

(Photo: Geograph)

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