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University to Appeal St Patrick's Decision

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The University of Reading is planning to appeal against the decision by the Planning Committee to reject an application to extend and upgrade its student accommodation at St Patrick's Hall.

The multi-million-pound project was recommended for approval by the Council's planning officer and is intended to meet additional demand for quality student accommodation near Whiteknights campus.

Over the last four years, the university has reported an increase in the number of first year students wanting a room in halls, which has grown from 300 to more than 750. The lack of purpose-built student accommodation has lead to students being placed into temporary hotel accommodation or forced into private rentals. Furthermore, more than 900 students who wish to return to halls after their first year are refused a room.

The plans were designed to update the residence in line with the university's other residences, which have benefited from major upgrades, whilst providing new accommodation as well.

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading, said: "Development of first-class accommodation is urgently needed if we are to continue attracting students from the UK and abroad to study in Reading. The redevelopment of St Patrick's Hall would help the University to house the majority of first year students in halls."

"This would help us to manage student behaviour and offer a supportive environment for students, many of whom will be leaving home for the first time. In addition, the extra rooms in halls would help to relieve pressure on private rented housing in the local area."