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Another Student Block Set for Newcastle

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Another block of student accommodation in Newcastle is set to be given the green light.

Developer Nixon Homes is planning to build a 10-storey student development with 246 beds on St James' Boulevard. The site is currently home to Norland Electricals, and sits in close proximity to National Tyres, The People's Kitchen and the Sandman Hotel.

The area is home to a number of other new purpose-built student accommodation blocks, including Liberty Plaza, Downing Plaza, The View and Central St James.

Last year Nixon Homes was refused planning permission to build a development in the area, with city council planners dismissing the proposals on the basis that its size and scale wouldn't improve the character of the area.

Developers went back to the drawing board and revised their plans, removing 23 bedrooms from the original scheme.

The revised plans include a mix of studios and cluster apartments, as well as four open spaces including a roof terrace, and a landscaped public realm located along the St James' Boulevard frontage.

The new designs also ensure The People's Kitchen now overlook an amenity space rather than the previously proposed student rooms.

In documentation submitted as part of the planning process, the architects said: "The proposed scheme will comply with the adopted Science Central Masterplan, repair the urban block, and enhance the streetscape by provision of active frontages whilst also improving passive surveillance.

"The proposal suggests and appropriate and efficient use of an existing site and its renewal in the best sense of the word."

The latest plans have been recommended for approval and will go before Newcastle's City Council this week.