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Hereford University Sites under Consideration

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Sites that have been earmarked for Hereford's new university have been put forward.

A number of sites have been put forward including Franklin House, Goal Street car park, part of the Essex Arms police training ground in Widemarsh Street and part of the north magazine plot in Rotherwas. The sites are being proposed for teaching, administration and student accommodation.

Councillors will be asked to approve one or more of the locations identified to be sold or leased to the Herefordshire Tertiary Education Trust.

The locations are being assessed as part of HTET's business plan, which needs to show tangible evidence of how and where university buildings will be based.

It's understood that HTET favour the Franklin House plot due to its central location, which would ideally become the administrative hub and would include some teaching space.

HTET has anticipated that they will require space for teaching, administration and accommodation for upwards of 1,500 students and that this could rise to 5,000 by 2029.

Identifying a premises for the administration of the university is a key first step that needs to be overcome.

In the meantime, the council will continue to review sites across its land and building holdings for suitability in developing the new university, which in turn will help to drive the project forward.