Student Housing Earmarked for Lancaster

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A student accommodation scheme located on a three-acre site in Lancaster has been granted planning permission.

The site, which has been earmarked for residential development since 2002, will be transformed into four student accommodation blocks and will consist of a mix of cluster flats and studio apartments, totalling 419 beds.

The site located next to the River Lune includes the St George's Works Mill, which will be demolished as part of the plans. The Pump House, also located on the site, will be developed into retail and communal space.

Elsewhere plans for a student accommodation scheme consisting of 630 beds located across eight separate buildings have been submitted to Lancaster City Council.

Hines UK has put forward a planning application to develop the Lawson's Quay site between Bulk Road and Caton Road to the north of the city centre.

Included within the plans are eight buildings arranged around a succession of external courtyards, providing enough space for 321 en-suite, 184 shared and 125 studio bedrooms.

According to the statement provided in support of the project, the development would provide students with greater choice, both in terms of student accommodation types and their location. It is also expected to have a positive impact on the wider housing market, reducing the demand on local housing stock, which can be returned to the wider general residential market.

Lancaster City Council has set a determination deadline for the scheme of 6 December 2016.