TWO major student developments in Liverpool city centre were put on hold by councillors.
The schemes, which will include more than 700 bedrooms, are planned for the site of the former Josephine Butler House in Myrtle Street and to replace nearby Philharmonic Court.
But rafts of objections to both developments saw them shelved by the planning committee yesterday.
Councillors want to inspect the sites to decide whether the schemes should be approved.
A building of up to 10 storeys is proposed for the Josephine Butler House site, used as a car park since the former hospital was controversially demolished three years ago.
Richard Gee, planning agent for the £30m scheme, said the proposed development was smaller in scale than a plan for an office block which already has approval for the site.
He said he could not understand the objections of English Heritage which had no problem with the earlier scheme.
The conservation body opposes the current plans because it could be detrimental to the "historic significance" of the area.
Mr Gee said: "We are scratching our heads on this one. The approved scheme is actually higher so we are not sure where they are coming from. We think they have got it wrong on this one."
Objections concerning the threat of antisocial behaviour from the 368 students who would live in the development were also voiced about the five-storey Philharmonic Court scheme.
But Christian Gilham, spokesman for the 354- bed project, said the building would be "understated" and not detrimental to the conservation zone which surrounds it.
He added that Georgian housing in Catharine Street and Faulkner Street around the current building, which is owned by Liverpool university, would be become private residential housing for sale.
But Faulkner Street resident William Collier said he believed the influx of more students would undermine the work which had been done to "restore the historic fabric" of nearby streets.
He added it could push out families who have invested in the properties and potentially lead to a revival of low-quality bedsits.