Chichester residents worried by student housing

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RESIDENTS are worried about the effect more student accommodation would have on a corner of Chichester.

The Southern Gateway Residents’ Association, which represents people living in the Stockbridge area of Chichester, has spoken out against plans to turn an Edwardian building into housing for 88 students on the former Chichester High School for Girls site in Stockbridge Road.

The accommodation would be for students at the University of Chichester. This is as well as the 321 flats being built in four blocks immediately south of this building for Chichester College, bringing the total number of students on the site to 409.

Residents’ association chairman Alan Green said this was a significant increase and would cause a demographic imbalance.

‘This represents an increase in population of 90 per cent and makes for an imbalance in the mix of housing, leading to the inevitable stresses arising from the different lifestyles of students, those of more mature years and those with young families.’