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Plans for five-storey co-living flats in Bristol’s Bedminster have been rejected for being too cramped, too tall, out of keeping with the local conservation area outside heritage policies.

Last December, councillors approved 102 semi-self-contained apartments as part of a bigger scheme with nearly 200 student bedrooms, but while the individual rooms proposed this time are larger than in the other application, the amount of communal co-living space at 50sqm is too small for 20 people. Space standards in the UK have been increased, but are still the smallest in Europe.

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