Leicester student housing consultation begins

Artist drawing of new student accommodation in Leicester
Image caption Artist drawing of new student accommodation in Leicester

A consultation is seeking views on plans to restrict future student housing developments in Leicester.

People across the city have raised concerns over the impact of the amount of student accommodation being developed.

It has led to Leicester City Council announcing a temporary suspension on any new developments.

Leicester's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he wanted to make sure new student housing met a genuine need.

Sir Peter said it was important the developments were appropriate in size and scale, and in suitable locations within the city.

He added that a 22-storey tower block being built on Leicester's Eastern Boulevard may not have gone ahead if new guidelines were in place.

'Fairly horrendous'

He said: "That would be the sort of block that would be subject to the sort of scrutiny that would be necessary as a result of the policies that we are now suggesting, and I think it's very likely that wouldn't be found to be acceptable."

Liam Davis, who is the president of the students union at De Montfort University, said student housing developments can have a positive impact in Leicester.

He said: "As long as we've got adequate housing students will be happy but at the same time we don't want to tear apart local communities.

"The area near the canal was fairly horrendous, but after the [student housing] redevelopment took place it's a much more pleasant area."

The public consultation lasts for six weeks and ends on 14 March.

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