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York Plans Recommended for Approval

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Plans to build a new auditorium and teaching block at York St John University could be approved by councillors.

If approved, the development would result in the demolition of existing student accommodation, which will be replaced by the new creative centre.

This would include a 210-seat concert hall in addition to rooms for courses such as art and design, computer science, performance and media.

According to documents submitted as part of the application, the university is the fastest-growing in the country and student numbers have increased by 25% since 2017 to more than 2,050. The university is expecting to become the home to 8,000 students by 2020.

A report prepared for the city's planning committee said: "York St John University considers the creative centre as a place to house events, exhibitions, film, musical and theatrical performance and a hub for small business growth in the culture and creative industries."

"The existing on-site campus student accommodation blocks contain 80 bedrooms in total. The applicant advise that these accommodation blocks are the lowest in demand and have been underutilised for a number of years."

"The quality of accommodation provided here is significantly poorer than in other student accommodation options provided by York St John University."

"The rooms contain shared facilities."

Ahead of the committee meeting, the plans have been recommended for approval.