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1,000 Student Beds Planned for Stoke-on-Trent

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Plans have been put forward to build nearly 1,000 student flats on the former Stoke-on-Trent college in Shelton.

Developer, JEDS Investments is looking to demolish the Cauldon campus to make way for 939 state-of-the-art student flats, with a cafe and shops on the ground floor.

The student accommodation scheme will also come equipped with a gym, laundry facilities, cinema, IT room, games area and study pods. There will also be around 23 parking spaces and storage for around 236 bikes.

Commenting on the proposals, a JEDS Investments spokesman said: "The proposed scheme will develop this vacant land at a key setting within the city and provide a positive contribution to the local community. The buildings are carefully designed to create valuable use of a neglected site at this important location."

More student accommodation is required to meet the demand created by the closure of Staffordshire University's Stafford Campus, with around 2,400 full-time students arriving in the Potteries at the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Expectations are this figure will rise to a total of 13,000, increasing the demand for student housing.

In response, the university has been investing millions of pounds into transforming the Stoke campus into a major student hub.

Residents and business have supported the most recent application due to its potential to regenerate the area. If approved, the scheme will consist of several blocks between five and eight storeys tall and include 633 studios along with 280 cluster flats and 26 accessible units.

A decision is due on the scheme in the next few months.