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400-bed Student Accommodation Block Planned for Sheffield

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Plans have been submitted to develop a 21-storey student accommodation block in Sheffield's city centre that will provide a total of 412 beds.

The development is planned to be built on empty land next to Jurys Inn hotel at Furnival Square, close to The Moor.

McAleer & Rushe have submitted the plans that would consist of beds for 412 students, with 221 studio apartments and 26 blocks with between five and nine rooms in each.

According to the developers the new accommodation block will help Sheffield deal with the expected increase in the number of students attending the city's two universities.

In particular, the developers cited the lifting of restrictions on student numbers which resulted in national university applications hitting a record high in 2015. As a result, expectations are that the lifting of the cap will lead to a rise in student numbers in Sheffield.

The report added that the latest development will help to free up residential properties near the city centre, which can subsequently be rented out to local families instead of students.

It was also argued that purpose-built student accommodation takes into account student requirements and should therefore reduce the number of conflicts that can occur when students reside in established residential neighbourhoods.