Huge Student Tower Earmarked for Leeds

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Plans have been lodged to build a huge 36-storey tower of student accommodation in Leeds.

Consisting of 754 student flats, it's hoped building work could begin on the site as early as this summer, with the development completed in time for the 2021-22 academic year.

The application is still awaiting planning approval but architect Gary East, said the design team was conscious of providing something "permanent and dignified".

Councillor Christine Macniven has raised the question as to whether there was a risk of oversupply. However, chief executive of applicant Olympian Homes, Simon Murrary-Twinn suggested student numbers were growing, which has a knock-on effect on family housing in traditional student areas.

It was argued the new apartments would free up family homes in the city's student areas, while the area had already been identified as appropriate for tall buildings in the council's own policy.

The application from Olympian Homes follows a previous plan for a 40-storey block on the same site, which was subsequently withdrawn when the land was sold on.