Plans have been submitted for three accommodation blocks in the centre of Ormskirk, reaching between four and five storeys, for Edge Hill University students.
The developer, J Waring & Sons, has put forward proposals for three blocks featuring 101 student flats; these include a mix of 48 cluster-style bedrooms, along with 53 studio flats.
The studios are split across two blocks, while the cluster flats are in a four-storey building. Another block, which also reaches four storeys, will have a 1,000 sq ft commercial unit on the ground floor. All the buildings are proposed to be brick-clad, and will be arranged around a central courtyard.
The developer’s planner, Emery, has argued there is currently “insufficient” numbers of student beds for Edge Hill University, with the proposed development designed to provide spaces for students in the town centre, particularly for second and third-year students. Edge Hill currently has just shy of 2,500 be d spaces on its campus.
The site, which is currently vacant, sits to the rear of Church Street and has had a lengthy planning history stretching back over a decade.
A mixed-use commercial development including 17 apartments was approved in 2008, and although an extension of time was granted in 2013, the scheme has not yet been progressed.
The site is allocated for development under West Lancashire’s Local Plan. Barclay + Phillips is the architect.