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Permission Granted for more Student Housing in Portsmouth City Centre

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Andy Dixson

Permission has been granted for new student accommodation in Stanhope Road which will house 1,000 students

The building in question will be the currently disused Zurich House in Stanhope Road which will be converted and a much-needed 12-storey extension will also be built to accommodate the ever growing student population in the city of Portsmouth.

Student housing has been a problem in Portsmouth for many years now and each year over a thousand Freshers are forced to move straight into off-campus housing rather than gaining the unique first year experience of living in halls of residence right near the university buildings.

The Knightsbridge Student Housing company who are running the project have pledged to pay £1.7 million to the city council towards new infrastructure plans in the area.

The planning committee unanimously approved the decision last night in a meeting at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Councillor Ellcome told The News, Portsmouth that he would prefer to see a hotel and restaurants on the site but it would be nice if this plan could go ahead, unlike previous failed bids to develop the site in the past.

The construction work is set to be completed by summer of 2016.

But these aren’t the only student halls in preparation in Portsmouth, as The Galleon reported in March, Portsmouth City Council then approved 18 self-contained flats in the corner of Heyward and Fawcett Road in Southsea.

Our new VP Welfare and Community, Jamie Mitchell told The Galleon: “This is a good thing to happen for the university, because not only will it allow more students to experience halls but it will also provide more income to the city and university. It also shows that the university is truly outstanding in developing with current times. My experience from working as a Student Marketing Assistant is that some people tend to get put off with the lack of halls space, this should help to alleviate the problem.”

 

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