‘Co-living’ vision for five-storey block of flats in Exeter as student accommodation plans are revised

Plans to replace Exeter’s ambulance station with a five-story block of student flats have been revised – so the general public can live there as well. 

Proposals for the Gladstone Road site have been amended so the mooted 154-bedspace development can offer ‘co-living’ accommodation.

The Watkin Jones Group had initially put forward proposals for student flats in October last year, but has now altered these.

Co-living would see accommodation available for anyone to rent – alongside those who are at university.

Exeter City Council leader Phil Bialyk has gone on record as saying that new student flats should include accommodation for everyone.

He said the authority had been talking to developers about proposals for co-living to create balanced and sustainable communities in the city centre.

The shared living spaces would give students, young professionals, young entrepreneurs, millennials and like-minded people serviced rooms in shared apartments with communal lounges, kitchens and bathrooms.

An artist’s impression of plans for flats in Gladstone Road, Exeter.

No further details of the co-living accommodation plans – or how they would differ from the original student flats –  are provided with the revised application.

The scheme would feature 37 studio flats and 117 ‘cluster rooms’.

Original plans would have seen the external courtyards closed at 10pm each nigh to prevent antisocial behaviour and to protect the amenity of neighbouring residents, particularly those on Sandford Walk.

Management and security staff or wardens would be on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to address any concerns raised by occupants of the building or members of the public, said the application.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has previously confirmed that the Exeter ambulance station is being sold  – and it was in the process of identifying a suitable alternative site.

Exeter City Council will decide the fate of the application at a later date.

The Exeter ambulance station site is currently up for sale.

The Exeter ambulance station site is currently up for sale.

Co-living idea could allow ‘anyone’ to rent new student flats in Exeter

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