Significant Riverside Sunderland Scheme Approved

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Despite objections from its neighbours, a 12-storey block of student accommodation is to be built next to a luxury riverside development in Sunderland.

To make space for the new 363-bed student accommodation, a number of workshops will be demolished.

Despite the £20 million scheme overlooking private apartments in the Bonners Raff development, the purpose-built student accommodation was unanimously approved by Sunderland City Council.

The student development will come equipped with 314 studios, 40 larger two-bedroom flats, six one-bedroom flats, and three accessible flats.

The site will also include facilities such as a student common room, study rooms, games room, dance studios, gym, secure cycle storage and car parking spaces for occupiers of the two-bedroom flats.

During the application process concerns were raised over the possibility of falling student numbers, which may result in a different demographic being housed in the block.

In response, applicants Butlers Walsall Ltd said it will work closely with Sunderland University to ensure this doesn't happen and that the building will be carefully managed.

It's expected that the new student population will lead to further regeneration of the area, and the applicant is working with the university to address concerns about declining student numbers.