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Huge Leicester Scheme Set for Approval

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Plans to build a total of 1,200 beds in Leicester have been recommended for approval.

The application that is being considered consists of a 740-bed development on the Freemen's Common site in Welford Road, along with 460 bedrooms earmarked for Nixon Court in Putney Road.

The plans also include the demolition of more than 300 existing beds.

In addition to the new student accommodation, a nine-storey car park with 550 spaces will be built, replacing the current 320 based, along with new academic and teaching space over five floors.

The development is being funded via a commercial partnership with the Equitix Consortium, as well as institutional investors based in the UK and council pension funds.

Documents submitted ahead of the city council planning meeting said: "On the Freemen's Common part of the site the scheme will replace a poorly performing development with one that makes a significantly greater contribution to the quality of the area."

"With a wide pedestrian street, new quality public spaces and buildings in differing styles the scheme will significantly improve the permeability and legibility of this part of the city and will encourage the use of sustainable forms of transport."

"It will have a far stronger sense of place with memorable buildings surrounding a square and acting as a landmark on a main road that leads to the city centre. It will provide a much improved setting for the grade II-listed Freemen's Cottages."

"On the Nixon Court site the scheme will replace a library store that is no longer required and a public house that does not make an efficient use of land with student flats that will help meet the housing needs in the city."

"As a whole the scheme will encourage the use of sustainable forms of transport and contribute towards the housing needs of the city."