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88-Bed Leeds Accommodation Approved on Vacant Site

Posted by Aisling Murphy

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Leeds City Council have approved plans submitted by Brewster Bye Architects, on behalf of Urban Developments (York) Ltd, for a new student accommodation.

The site, located at 26-34 Merrion Street, was formerly occupied by Arthur Clues sports goods, and then Mayaimi Bar, but has been vacant for several years.

According to the plans, the current building will be demolished, and a new building with five, seven, and nine storeys will be constructed. The accommodation will provide 88 studio flats for students, four of which will be accessible for disabled students.

The plans also include communal areas such as a lounge, cinema room, gym, study areas and laundry facilities. There will also be 23 cycle spaces made available for residents. The accommodation will be offered under the 'Engage' brand.

Nick Gould, from Urban Developments (York), said: "The close proximity to both the universities and the city's main shopping and leisure districts means that this area, in the heart of the acclaimed Arena Quarter, has become very popular for residential and student accommodation development. It's now one of the city's most vibrant areas, and has a mix of bars, cafes, restaurants and takeaways on the doorstep, as well as a host of retail and cultural offerings."

A planning officer's report accompanying the decision said: "By virtue of its scale, form and position the building would help to enhance the conservation area.

"The development would also provide accommodation for 88 students, together with some employment opportunities in construction of the scheme and its subsequent operation.

"These public benefits would outweigh the less than substantial harm arising from the loss of the existing buildings."