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Plans for student accommodation by Guildford's Stoke Park refused

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Plans for student accommodation by Guildford's Stoke Park refused

Published at 9:28pm 1st November 2017. (Updated at 3:42pm 2nd November 2017)

Plans to build accommodation for over 500 students next to Guildford's Stoke Park, have been refused. 

An application for the land was put in by Montagu Evans to Guildford Borough Council in April.

The private accommodation would have housed University of Surrey students, close to Guildford College. 

But at a council meeting on Wednesday (November 1) evening, the idea was turned down. 

The council's Deputy Leader and Lead for Infrastructure & Governance, Matt Furniss, tweeted to say he was "delighted" with the decision. 

The site would have been in the vacant building space at the top of Lido Road, which is separate to, but next to Guildford College. 

The buildings on site vary from three-storey to single storey, with a distinctive architectural style.

The proposals suggested knocking down the existing buildings, for redevelopment of 527 bedspaces. 

In March, the University of Surrey Students' Union called for action to be taken to tackle Guildford's "student housing crisis".

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