Hundreds of new co-living apartments will be opening in Manchester city centre at the former site of Granada Studios, where originally more than 1,600 bed spaces had been proposed in two new tower blocks on the vacant site.

But council’s planning committee voted to reject plans for the smaller 32-storey tower, named ‘T1’, which would have provided 870 bed spaces across 390 co-living flats ranging from two to four-bedrooms, and 180 smaller studio apartments.

The studios would be available on 6-month tenancies, targeted at young graduates or city workers needing to work from home for a short period.

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