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Hundreds of Beds Could Be Coming to Plymouth

Posted by Richard Ward

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Two significant new blocks of student accommodation in Plymouth have been recommended for approval.

City planners are being recommended to approve the developments at Drake's Circus and near North Hill.

The 21-storey scheme on the site of the Moneycentre would consist of 554 bedrooms. Meanwhile, a smaller seven-storey development next to the Grade-2 listed Drake's Place Reservoir will provide an additional 66 student beds.

The latest developments are being proposed despite concerns there is already too much purpose-built student accommodation in the city. Just recently, the owners of St Augustine's House have asked for permission to use some of the rooms as hotel space because they were struggling to fill them with students.

Despite the concerns, officers at Plymouth City Council suggest the Drake's Circus scheme will support regeneration objectives and improve the area's character. However, the University of Plymouth have objected to the development indicating it does not believe there is unmet demand for this type of accommodation in the city.

The city's planning committee are due to consider both developments this week.