University of Hull student flats plan conditionally approved

Aerial view of the proposed flats Image copyright University of Hull
Image caption The proposed student residences are within the existing Cottingham Road Campus.

Plans for a £30m, 562-bed student accommodation development at the University of Hull have been approved in principle by the city council

The site of the six proposed residential buildings is a grassed area on the university campus, near Inglemire Lane and next to Newlands Science Park.

The blocks would be up to seven storeys high, each with a central courtyard.

Hull City Council said the scheme was recommended for conditional approval.

The authority explained it had been given backing as it would be a "sustainable form of development, providing students with a place to live in close proximity to their place of study".

The accommodation would be for first-year undergraduate students and replace Needler Hall residence in Cottingham, the university said.

Trudi Vout, of the university said: "The project is one of several significant investments being undertaken at the university. It comes less than a year after the completion of the £27m Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment, and the renovation of Middleton Hall is also currently under way."

Facilities for the student buildings include a laundry and a coffee shop, according to the planning application.

The bedrooms would be divided into flats with one, four, seven or eight bedrooms and a "communal social hub".

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