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New Development to Transform Leicester's Skyline

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Councillors have approved a multi-million-pound high-rise development near Clarendon Park on the University of Leicester Freeman's Common Site.

At present, the site is home to 1970s-built student accommodation and a car park. This will be replaced by blocks up to 14 storeys high, a multi-storey car park and a new five-storey teaching building.

On the site there are some Grade II listed cottages which will be kept as a focal point of the student village.

This development will increase student bed numbers to 2,198 from 1,360.

Planning committee chairman councillor Ted Cassidy said: "This is a very important development for the city and the university. It provides a very significant gateway from Welford Road." He also believes the development "will free up family housing."

The main construction is due to begin this summer with the car park completing first in 2020 followed by the first residences opening in 2021. The whole development will take until 2022 to complete.