A bid by Cardiff University to add additional living space to the Talybont North student residence site has been blocked by Cardiff Council.
The planning application, previously reported by gair rhydd in Issue 960, had been submitted for a new six storey block to be built in the overflow car park area next to Talybont Gate.
The new building would have provided accommodation for an additional 179 students.
The application had previously come under criticism from local residents, who were worried about the effects on car parking that could be caused by the influx of new students.
There were also concerns about the impact of loud construction work on students trying to study in their rooms.
However, the University has responded by stating that it will be fighting the decision. A spokesperson said: “The University remains committed to the principle of a high-quality, modern, sustainable residential building for students on this site. It has therefore instructed planning agents to make preparations for an appeal against this decision.”
Cllr. Ed Bridges, Liberal Democrat councillor for the area, said: “As a former Talybont resident myself, I have no objection in principle to Cardiff University expanding the site.
“However, there really hasn’t been sufficient engagement with the student community over the plans; the application was submitted in the summer, and the deadline for comments ended halfway through Freshers week, so Talybont tenants were given only a very limited chance to have their say.
“Moreover, the seven-storey block would have been much higher than the existing flats, and there was no additional parking for tenants of the proposed flats.”
It could now take as long as three to four months for a decision to be made on the University’s appeal.