Plans for the development of an accommodation complex housing up to 1000 students have been submitted to Coventry City Council.

The development is on the site of the Cox Sreet/Fairfax Street car park, adjacent to the ring-road and opposite the sports centre and swimming baths, which will soon close to make way for a new water park on New Union St, with plans recently announced that suggest a new fifty metre, eight lane pool could be built at the Alan Higgs Centre on Allard Way; ensuring that Coventry retains an Olympic size swimming venue.

CODE, the developer behind the plans, have been in talks with planning officers for several months, altering the design several times.  The proposal seeks to develop the former Cox Street car park with a mixed use scheme, predominantly based around student living with associated ancillary spaces, including a gym, cinema rooms, dance studios, cafes and other related uses, along with ground floor retail units which will add live and vibrancy to this location.

At a height of 69.5 metres, this will immediately become one of Coventry’s tallest structures, taller than the development currently under construction at Belgrade Plaza.  The scale of this development will be welcomed by many, especially given its close proximity to the ring-road on land that might be considered undesirable for most other uses.  This long, grade-separated section of the ring-road was once earmarked for demolition, to make way for a tree-lined boulevard that would have stretched from the Foleshill Road to London Road junctions.  These plans were shelved, and many believe that building tall structures in close proximity to the ring-road, particularly this elevated stretch that is very exposed owing to the low-rise nature of buildings to each side, makes sense both practically and aesthetically given that these proposals no longer appear viable – with the added benefit of adding an active frontage along Fairfax Street.

The full application can be viewed here: Full planning application

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