PROPOSALS have been revealed for more purpose-built student accommodation in Leamington’s Old Town.
Alumno Developments, a specialist student housing company, is proposing a development to provide around 200 student rooms in the Althorpe Street area.
The site is next to the Grand Union Canal just off Clemens Street, alongside Althorpe Enterprise Hub and Waterside Medical Centre. There is currently an old warehouse on the site.
A couple of years ago Station House was built opposite the railway station providing puropose-built accomodation for some 400 students.
Alumno is holding a public consultation on Wednesday July 8, from 3pm to 8pm, at the North Hall in Spencer Yard to gauge opinion on the new plan.
David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno, said: “I’d really like to hear what local people think of these proposals. The views of the community are an important part of the planning process and will help us develop our plans.
“I hope anyone with an interest can drop in, or get in touch with us so they can contribute.
“There is a lot of demand for good quality student accommodation in Leamington and we believe that a purpose-built development will help free-up homes for families and local people.
“We want to be good neighbours by bringing new life to this part of the canalside.”
Alumno say if the proposals go ahead the development would have 24-hour on-site management to ensure residents had a point of contact to deal with any problems.
Thousands of students attending the University of Warwick live in Leamington during term time – a considerable number in the Old Town area.
Students provide a boost for the local economy, but have also been the focus of problems, ranging from noise to rubbish.
A planning application is expected later in the summer, subject to discussions with council officers and feedback from residents.
Further information about the proposals will be published at www.grandunionstudents.co.uk from the day of the consultation, through which residents will be able to provide comments.