Exeter’s main campus could be about to expand even further after plans were submitted for new on-campus student residences this week.
If Exeter City council approves the plans – which outline residences to be built at East Park, on Streatham campus, for around 1,300 students – the new accommodation will be completed for September 2019.
A couple of further planning applications for the redevelopment of Moberly halls and Spreytonway are also on the cards – both of which are also on Streatham Campus. If given the go-ahead, a further 300 students will be housed within these two sites.
The plans come following concerns voiced by local residences in previous years that proposed off-campus student housing “swamps” small areas of the city, with those such as Printworks built with a capacity to house around 500 students.
However the university claims to be strengthening their commitment to reducing pressure on the city’s housing stock by ensuring the new proposals are a strictly on-campus affair. £130 million has been spent in recent years providing on-campus accommodation for the surge in student numbers at Exeter.
A public exhibition will be taking place at the university to enable the local community to log any concerns they may have with the project.