Major plans for new student accommodation at the University of Exeter are revealed

Major plans for new student flats providing an extra 1,250 bedrooms on the University of Exeter campus have been unveiled.

Proposals have been submitted to redevelop an existing halls of residence site off Stocker Road, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

They would see the current Clydesdale and Nash Grove accommodation buildings – built in the late 1980s and early 1990s – demolished.

New buildings would range in height from three to eight storeys – with a shop, café and other facilities provided.

An artist's impression of the Clydesdale and Birks Residential student flats development at the University of Exeter.

An artist’s impression of the Clydesdale and Birks Residential student flats development at the University of Exeter.

The Birks Grange refectory building would be replaced with six-storeys of student accommodation.

And the Birks Grange Village residences would be refurbished to Passivhaus energy-efficiency standards, with the halls becoming self-catered.

An Estate Services Centre would also be demolished and replaced with three- and four-storey accommodation.

Separate plans having been lodged to relocate the existing centre to a new location in Rennes Drive.

A pair of tennis courts will also be built on as part of the scheme.

An artist's impression of the Clydesdale and Birks Residential student flats development at the University of Exeter.

An artist’s impression of the Clydesdale and Birks Residential student flats development at the University of Exeter.

The outline application says the development will result in a net increase of around 1,200 to 1,250 student bedrooms.

It adds: “High-quality accommodation also maintains that ability of the university to attract the highest calibre of students to Exeter.

“This improves the spending of students within the city economy during the duration of their course.

“Studies have shown that students often stay in university locations after their studies, boosting the local economy further and increasing the supply of qualified, skilled professionals in the area.

“The proposed development would result in a number of social benefits for students and the city.

“Campus-based accommodation provides benefits in terms of social experience and wellbeing, especially for first year students leaving home for the first time.

An artist's impression of the Clydesdale and Birks Residential student flats development at the University of Exeter.

Plans for the new student flats development at the University of Exeter.

“The quality of accommodation and ancillary facilities would also be improved though the demolition of the existing outdated residences.

“Campus based accommodation provides better pastoral care and management of students compared to accommodation within off-campus accommodation.”

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

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