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Keele University Wins Approval for Its Student Housing Transformation

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Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough council have unanimously approved plans by UPP and Keele University to build £160m worth of new student accommodation.

The scheme will transform student housing on the Keele University campus, providing around 1,300 students with accommodation by increasing available student bed spaces to 4,300 over the next five years.

The University wishes to expand from 10,000 to 13,000 students by 2020 and the construction of 2,300 high-quality affordable rooms will help the university meet this ambition.

Work is due to start later this year and will be undertaken in a number of phases. The scheme will see new build projects at the Lindsay, Horwood and Barnes halls on the university's main campus.

This latest partnership will boost UPP's portfolio to around 36,000 rooms through long-term partnerships with 16 leading universities across the UK. Once the deal goes through, UPP will have invested around £2bn in universities across the UK since 1998.

Planning consultants, Indigo Planning, said of the application: "Following a comprehensive and successful public consultation, this scheme is considered a welcome addition to the university by staff, students and local residents alike and will be a real asset to the University's vision for the future.

"It is a stand-out scheme, the comprehensive accommodation enhancement and expansion programme will further improve Keele's world-class campus, alongside its current exemplar teaching facilities."