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Substantial Student Development Planned for Exeter

Posted by Richard Ward

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Plans have been submitted to develop a significant student accommodation block in Exeter.

Located just off the bus station site redevelopment on the corner of Cheek Street and Bampfylde Street, the development calls for the construction of a seven storey block able to accommodate 150 bedrooms.

The proposal is the latest student housing development planned for the area with plans going through for a 588-bed student scheme on the current Stagecoach Bus Depot site.

On the other side of the bus station an additional student accommodation scheme has been approved on the site of Honiton Inn.

The latest plans have led to concerns for Richard Branston, city councillor for Newtown. He said of the proposals: "This will make the area very student heavy as we already have the Printworks and the Kingfisher House development is also under way now. I have concerns about another significant student development in an area which is already over-developed with students."

Submitted to the council this week, the application if approved, would lead to the demolition of the charity shop and car park behind it.

As part of the application Exeter city Council have asked developers to include a waiting area for those using coaches from the new station on the site opposite, with a variety of options being explored.

If the application is approved, it's anticipated that construction work will begin by mid-late 2017.