Another bid has been made to demolish a former Coventry care home for new apartments.
Aylesford Intermediate Care Centre, which helped people who needed post-hospital care, was shut down by the city council in 2015 to help drive down costs.
Numerous applications have come forward for the Hillfields site, on Aylesford Street, ever since.
A 189-bed student block was granted on appeal by an inspector in 2018, and while extant permission remains, new plans for residential use have also come forward.
Applicant Minstercare has submitted a bid for 80 one, two and three-bed apartments across four storeys.
A previous bid for 120-beds was refused in June due to concerns over the scale, impact on neighbours, and parking provision; however the applicant has appealed this decision.
In planning submissions to the council, they said: “It must be noted that both the site plan and the elevations are the same as those previously allowed at appeal by the Inspector for a student scheme at this site.
“The fact that a quasi-residential scheme has already been granted consent at appeal should have been a strong material consideration.”
Minstercare said the existing buildings are “utilitarian, unattractive, of their time and in a deteriorating condition”.
The buildings would be demolished to create a new “U-shaped building”, with the existing site access retained to facilitate a car park of up to 60 spaces.
The application is for outline approval only, with a reserved matter application to consider elements such as design.
“Whilst the final design of the scheme has yet to be confirmed, it is undeniable that the redevelopment of this site will be a benefit to the local area,” they added.
Original proposals for the student accommodation later granted by an inspector sparked a community campaign supported by local councillors, with particular concern over the impact on crime.
However on appeal to the Secretary of State, Inspector Andrew Owen said “the rate of crime is comparable to other parts of the city centre”.
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