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Student Accommodation Planned for Leamington Old Town

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Plans have been submitted to create student housing along the canal in Leamington Old Town.

Located on the Mercia Metals scrap yard in Wise Street, the £15 million development will consist of self-contained student accommodation split across apartments, studio apartments and penthouses.

Totalling 198 bed spaces, the development will also come equipped with 24/7 warden security, car and cycle parking, managed refuse storage and collection with transport links to the University of Warwick.

Robothams Architects have been appointed to carry out the project and said of the scheme: "This fully managed self-contained development will help satisfy the student demand releasing family homes that have been converted to HMO's, back into the local community.

"We appreciate the reservations that local residents have towards student developments, however the irregular shape of the site combined with the electric substation location limits the potential for alternative uses."

According to the developers, the scheme will rejuvenate the area of the old town, whilst removing the noisy scrap yard from the area.

Concerns had been raised over the number of students living in the area. Located just a few hundred yards away a proposal has been put forward for a 187-room development, and there are also plans to builder a further 26 student rooms on the site neighbouring Priors Club.