University to rent rooms to students outside term time

Wavy Gate student accommodation in Oxford

Wavy Gate student accommodation in Oxford

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STUDENT accommodation in East Oxford will soon take in sixth formers outside of university term time.

Oxford City Council members have allowed Wavy Gate in Chapel Street to take 16 to 18-year-olds from Oxford Summer Academy.

Owner A2 Dominion said it received no complaints about its use by university students since it opened in October.

At the moment, Oxford Brookes and Kings College use the site and A2 Dominion is in the process of leasing the building to Oxford International College.

But some councillors have said residents should be given a break from student neighbours outside of term time.

Liberal Democrat councillor for St Clements Graham Jones called in the application for decision by the west area planning committee.

He raised concerns about younger students being in an area which he said is renowned for its high levels of noise and drunkeness.

He told the Oxford Mail: “This is a far cry from the postgraduates we understood would be in residence, and something we would not have known about had this application not been called in.”

Previously, the former Travis Perkins site had been earmarked for office space before being granted permission for student use.

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He added: “There is also a lot of unhappiness in East Oxford over the way the planning goalposts on this site have been moved, not once but several times.”

Other student accommodation sites have won planning permission for similar use, including Slade Park in Horspath Driveway.

Dr Jones said anti-social behaviour is “top of the agenda” for the East Oxford Neighbourhood Action Group, which brings together residents and police.

He said council licensing chiefs were last month warned residents suffer sleepless nights from “alcohol-fuelled noise and disturbance”.

Dr Jones added: “Wavy Gate is already getting a reputation among the students who currently occupy one of the blocks. A recent Tweet said ‘Great night #wavygate #oxford #drunk’. No surprise people say ‘enough is enough’.Planning law doesn’t make allowance for levels of drunkenness and crime.”

Committee member Bev Clack said at Tuesday’s meeting: “My concern with this is that this is another variation to what we were originally presented with.

“I am not happy with how the process of planning has happened with this site.”

But committee members were told no complaints had been made to the council and A2 Dominion. One resident objected to the plan.

A2 Dominion’s south east commercial planning man-ager Jim Smith said: “This is a standard practice at other student accommodation sites across Oxford and the South East.

“We reiterate that to date we have received no complaints from nearby residents regarding current Wavy Gate tenants, and the site has been well maintained by students since it opened in October 2013.”

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9:51am Fri 11 Apr 14

EMBOX2 says...

Most London universities rent rooms out of term time to anyone - you can book one if you so wish - at reasonable prices.

Unis should be allowed to do this, it helps with Oxford's chronic lack of hotels - caused mostly by the city council.
Most London universities rent rooms out of term time to anyone - you can book one if you so wish - at reasonable prices. Unis should be allowed to do this, it helps with Oxford's chronic lack of hotels - caused mostly by the city council. EMBOX2
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5:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Isawyoucoming says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Most London universities rent rooms out of term time to anyone - you can book one if you so wish - at reasonable prices.

Unis should be allowed to do this, it helps with Oxford's chronic lack of hotels - caused mostly by the city council.
You failed to understand the problem this story is about.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Most London universities rent rooms out of term time to anyone - you can book one if you so wish - at reasonable prices. Unis should be allowed to do this, it helps with Oxford's chronic lack of hotels - caused mostly by the city council.[/p][/quote]You failed to understand the problem this story is about. Isawyoucoming
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5:59pm Fri 11 Apr 14

robbo81 says...

Isawyoucoming wrote:
EMBOX2 wrote:
Most London universities rent rooms out of term time to anyone - you can book one if you so wish - at reasonable prices.

Unis should be allowed to do this, it helps with Oxford's chronic lack of hotels - caused mostly by the city council.
You failed to understand the problem this story is about.
exactly - a local resident I object. What is wrong with putting these students in on-site accommodation? We already have a load of 15-18 year old foreign students from EF language schools causing chaos in summer months we don't need more. Plus if they apply for term time accommodation planning for post-grads, get it, build it then request permission to take 16-18 out of term students they've dodged planning law surely?
[quote][p][bold]Isawyoucoming[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Most London universities rent rooms out of term time to anyone - you can book one if you so wish - at reasonable prices. Unis should be allowed to do this, it helps with Oxford's chronic lack of hotels - caused mostly by the city council.[/p][/quote]You failed to understand the problem this story is about.[/p][/quote]exactly - a local resident I object. What is wrong with putting these students in on-site accommodation? We already have a load of 15-18 year old foreign students from EF language schools causing chaos in summer months we don't need more. Plus if they apply for term time accommodation planning for post-grads, get it, build it then request permission to take 16-18 out of term students they've dodged planning law surely? robbo81
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7:35pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Dr Graham Jones says...

I'm afraid the report is not quite correct. Sixth-formers are already occupying one of the blocks during term time (repeat, during term time) and will occupy both blocks from September. This in an area with high levels of drunkenness and anti-social behaviour. Last place I'd want my children spending the school year.

Graham Jones, St Clements Ward councillor
I'm afraid the report is not quite correct. Sixth-formers are already occupying one of the blocks during term time (repeat, during term time) and will occupy both blocks from September. This in an area with high levels of drunkenness and anti-social behaviour. Last place I'd want my children spending the school year. Graham Jones, St Clements Ward councillor Dr Graham Jones
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