Residents Object to More Student Flats
24th Apr 2018
Warwick district council is to develop a student housing strategy to address issues raised by local residents.
Over the past 15 years the number of students living in Leamington alone has tripled to over 5,000.
Although the council recognises the boost to the local economy students bring, there have been calls for them to be more responsible for the number of complaints regarding anti-social behaviour.
Warwick District Council's executive has now agreed to develop a Student Housing Strategy. The strategy will look at meeting the demand for student housing, as well as offering advice and support to both students and residents.
Commenting on the announcement, councillor Kristie Naimo, said: "I'm pleased to see the council's executive have now agreed to develop a Student Housing Strategy.
"This is something councillors, residents particularly of South Leamington and others have been calling for and we hope that officers will start investigating this as soon as practically possible.
"Having a strategic approach to student housing will benefit all members of our communities - students as well as permanent residents."
Work will be undertaken to develop the strategy, with the aim of bringing the district in line with other areas which have a high student population.
The executive report noted that students have particular requirements, which leads to specific issues for the local community. The report also highlighted the important of promoting harmonious relations between all sections of the community.
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