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Application for more student accommodation at university campus




Plans have been submitted for six new residential campus blocks for students at a university campus.

The proposal for Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst School of land-based studies at Southwell will be considered by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Two sites ­— one on the eastern edge of the campus next to cricket and football pitches and the other on the northern edge ­— have been earmarked.

Both are separate from the main hall and have been chosen because they have no impact on views towards Southwell Minster.

The new buildings would provide 200 extra bedrooms for students and are part of an on-going programme of campus improvements.

“The campus is constantly being developed and has benefited from a high level of both internal and external funding to achieve the unique and welcoming environment it has today,” says the planning application.

“To sustain its role and function within an increasingly competitive industry the campus must continue to modernise, change, adjust and upgrade.”

Plans for a new reception and environment centre were recently approved by the district council.

The application says the new accommodation is central to the university’s aim to increase student numbers.

The bespoke accommodation would be suited to students who wanted to continue living on the campus during their second and third years of study.

“It will make a positive social, economic and environmental contribution,” said the application.

Southwell Cricket Club has written in support of the plans and said the earmarked land, which had previously been used for practise nets, had been unusable for some time.

The club said it was happy with alternative arrangements offered by the university.

The matter will go to Southwell Town Council for comment before being decided by the district council.



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