Planning application submitted for Leicester City Centre Student Scheme

A planning application has been submitted for the second phase of a significant student accommodation development in the centre of Leicester, next to the railway station.

Multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p has submitted a full planning application for a seven storey scheme on Conduit Street on behalf of developer, Student Urban Living (Leicester) Ltd. The proposed development comprises 99 student bedrooms, arranged in two, three and four bed cluster flats as well as studio apartments. A landscaped amenity space, covered cycle and refuse storage is also provided.

rg+p secured planning permission for phase one of the scheme, comprising 159 bedrooms, in September 2017. Student Urban Living exchanged contracts for the purchase of the land for phase two from Leicester City Council earlier this month (October 2018) with the intention of developing both phases simultaneously, subject to approval.

Andy Ward, associate planning consultant at rg+p commented:

“The site has been vacant and disused for more than a decade and is located in an area of the city centre desperately in need of regeneration. We have designed phase two to be a continuation of phase one, connecting via the communal spaces which include amenities such as reception, management office, laundry and study/recreation spaces. Its appearance is designed to provide positive street frontages, with a varied brick material palette and feature details such as louvred windows, balconies and chamfered corners.”

Geoff Thomas, managing director, CKC Properties, the principal developer and parent company of Student Urban Living, said:

“This application marks a positive move forward for the overall scheme and with the major improvements being made by the council around the London Road, this area will create an ideal location and environment for students to live and go to and from the city’s universities”.

If the planning application for phase two is successful, construction is expected to commence on the combined scheme early in 2019 to enable completion for the 2020/21 student intake.