Student housing development decision expected soon

The decision on plans for a new student housing development in York is anticipated very soon. The project, which has been developed by the locally-based company S Harrison Developments Ltd, would see housing blocks designed to provide accommodation for over 250 of the town’s students being built on the fringes of York’s Hungate district. The site in question, which is located between a car park and Carmelite Street, is currently derelict.

The planning committee for the City of York Council is being urged to give the eight-storey development, comprising 258 rooms, the go-ahead; on the grounds that it would reduce the student housing shortage in the city, allow families to move into the homes currently being employed to accommodate students and lead to the creation of new jobs within the building sector.

However the development has been greeted with mixed feelings by residents of York. The feedback received in the wake of public consultation proved to be a mixture of approval for the notion of building new accommodation for students as opposed to adapting existing housing for that purpose, and enthusiasm for the design of the block, coupled with fears that it will lead to problems with litter and noise, as well as detracting from the architectural merits of the Rowntree Wharf.

The block is intended for the use of students attending the city’s St John University and, with applications for places at the University having enjoyed a 50 percent rise over the last three years, the need for more student housing in York has never been greater.

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