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More Student Flats Set for Newcastle

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Plans to build yet more student accommodation in Newcastle look set to be given the green light.

The application calls for the construction of two high-rise student blocks equipped with 390 student bed spaces. One block will be nine storeys tall and the other 11, and they will sit above St James Metro station located between Strawberry Place and the Gallowgate.

Included in the scheme, developers Marrico Asset Management plan to build a 17-storey apartment building and 10 floors of office space in a second phase of development, which will be opposite St James' Park.

Newcastle City Council's planning committee will meet at the end of the week to discuss the plans but planning advisers have recommended the student flats for approval.

Additional plans will need to be provided for the second phase of the development before it can be given the go ahead.

Members of the planning committee previously granted permission to the scheme in June 2016, subject to the withdrawal of an objection by Nexus.

Nexus had feared the proposed development would sink any future plans to extend the metro system underground to the west of the city.

Further discussions have since been held, and Nexus have now ruled out any tunnelled expansion in their latest Metro Strategy 2030 report. Instead they would prefer to expand westwards via a street network along the A186 West Road.

Although Nexus have maintained their objection due to concerns over access during construction, planning advisers believed the revised application addressed the Metro operator's main grounds for objection.