Work is due to start on a development of 45 student apartments at Euston Road in Bangor, on the site of the former Railway Institute building. The development is likely to be completed by the summer of 2019.
An original plan for 27 student flats was refused in 2015, the developers, Kingscrown Properties, then successfully applied for the Railway Institute to be demolished, stating the building had become “unsafe and subject to vandalism.”
A new planning application was made for the site in 2016, by CR&A Ltd, and was originally refused by Gwynedd Council citing “the plans were an overdevelopment, which would be likely to have a detrimental effect on local residents” but the developers successfully appealed the decision last year.
The Planning, design and access statement stated: “The development is targeted at second year + students who seek a quieter and high quality, self-contained apartments. Local agents will interview all students to ensure only ‘appropriate persons’ will be allowed to rent.”
The statement added: “The development is ‘not a high volume student block’ it is a carefully thought through bespoke small scale development of self-contained studios and cluster units. The development replaces an ‘anti-social nightclub’ that has proved troublesome to local residents over the years.”
The Railway Institute opened in 1898, originally used for recreational and educational facilities railway employees, in recent years it became a community hub used by local residents for events, bingo nights and children’s birthday parties.