The University of Exeter has submitted an outline planning application to Exeter City Council for new student residences at East Park, on its Streatham Campus, providing space for around 1,300 students.
Two further full planning applications will also be submitted for the redevelopment of the Moberly halls of residence and redevelopment of Spreytonway, both of which are also on the Streatham Campus. Together, these two sites will provide space for around 300 students.
The plans, which strengthen the University’s commitment to reducing pressure on the city’s housing stock by accommodating more students on campus, would propose completing the new accommodation by September 2019.
A two-day exhibition was held to help address any queries residents have and also gather feedback should any adaptions to the development plans be necessary.
Director of Estate Services, Hugh McCann said: “We have identified sites for development at the University since the 1970s and our 2010 Masterplan further developed these plans. The University continues to be a global success and attract students and staff from around the world, and we are keen to offer additional on-campus accommodation and see these three projects supporting our demand over the next five years, improving both the quality and range of student residences.”
The University has already demonstrated its commitment to reducing pressure on the city’s housing stock in recent years, including building £130m worth of new student accommodation on its Streatham Campus providing for 2,600 students.