July dates set for Liverpool student resi review

Hearings are to take place later this month to gather evidence as part of a review of the amount of student accommodation developments in Liverpool and how developments affect other land uses.

The review group made up of councillors and representatives from each of the student, university and developer communities will meet on the 14, 15 and 16 of July at Liverpool Town Hall and hear the views of a range of stakeholder groups.

According to Liverpool City Council, the establishment of the committee “follows moves by developers in recent years to create large scale student flats in the city centre which are generally good quality, with a range of facilities and close to universities”.

The evidence will feed in to establishing the council’s policy on future student accommodation development.

At its last planning committee meeting in June, Liverpool City Council approved two student accommodation schemes in the Baltic Triangle and Queensland Place by Elliot Group totalling 500-bedrooms. Downing is currently working on 1,600-beds of student accommodation across Devon Street, Gildart Street and Norton Street, while Legacy Student Living is developing 192-serviced apartments on the site of the former Rapid DIY building in Renshaw Street.

Anyone wishing to present information to the committee should email development&housing@liverpool.gov.uk. Information can either be provided in the form of a presentation to the Committee or via written submission.

The final report and recommendations will be finalised over the summer and considered by the council’s cabinet.

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As a point of clarification on the above, the Baltic Triangle scheme by The Elliot Group is an apartment building and is not being marketed as managed student accommodation. The scheme at Queensland Place was an amendment to an existing consent and while there were a small number of additional rooms approved, the main changes relate to the provision of additional communal facilities.

By Alastair Shepherd

The new additional schemes merely reflect the change in the student intake and the expectations
of the new generation of students, many students in Liverpool come from abroad and want to be housed in clean safe and modern accomondation.
Whereas UK students seek the benefits of the city centre attractions as well as the above.
For far too long Liverpool has lacked quality accomondation in great numbers compared to other cities, why should they have to put up with out of date houses with no wi-fi and modern facilities.
The argument that too many students is bad, is wrong they are a great asset to Liverpool and it’s future….

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