Alumno, a developer specialising in high-quality student accommodation, has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council for its proposals on Whitelock Street. This application follows a successful public consultation process which received overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The submitted plans look to regenerate the corner of Whitelock Street and Sheepscar Grove, a currently disused and run down site. The proposals will deliver a six and part-seven storey building, providing:
- 411 bedrooms for students;
- Student amenities including a cinema, gym, laundry, and study rooms;
- Workshop space for emerging local artists, available to the wider community;
- A wider pavement with trees and planting for both residents and the public to enjoy.
There is a proven need for Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Leeds, as the city has the fifth highest student population in the UK. These plans were designed in answer to this, and if approved will free up private homes for the families that need them.
A public consultation on the application, held in February, saw 100% of respondents say they were supportive of the plans, and agree that the designs were appealing. 80% of people believed that the proposed development would be an improvement on the current site, and felt that the plans were important to relieve pressure on family homes in Leeds.
David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to submit a planning application to Leeds City Council despite current circumstances. We have every confidence in investing in this city, and our public consultation showed clear support from the community. We are committed to not only creating high-quality accommodation for students, but improving the public realm for all local residents. We look forward to moving forward with this exciting project for Alumno and the city of Leeds.”