Plans have been unveiled to build two new student halls in the centre of Leeds.
Around 430 studios and a small retail unit could be built on land at Leeds Metropolitan University’s City Campus.
The plans are the third phase of a regeneration project at the university’s campus.
Downing, the developer behind Broadcasting Place, have revealed the latest stage of their ambitious plan to transform the north and western half of the university’s campus.
Construction is under way to create a 21-storey tower near the Inner Ring Road as part of the second phase of development after the first regeneration stage was completed this summer.
A formal planning application will be submitted later this year for the two new buildings and councillors are set to discuss the initial proposals at a meeting next week.
The news comes after the YEP revealed the city’s council chiefs are putting student accommodation trends under the microscope.
A pre-application report to Leeds City Council’s city plans panel said: “Despite the decline in the number of undergraduates for the 2012-2013 intake, analysis from UCAS suggests there was a 3.5 per cent increase in student applications in comparison to the same point last year.
“The figures suggest that the impact of fees may not be as great as thought and that the number of young people applying to university may increase gradually.
“At the same time the growth in supply of student accommodation is continuing in Leeds.
“Excluding Trinity in Horsforth planning permission is in place to construct developments providing an additional 3,325 new student bed spaces.”
The council’s housing and regeneration scrutiny board are currently examining trends in student accommodation across the city.
They launched their inquiry after a report by housing consultants, re’new, suggested the authority would struggle to refuse planning permission for new student accommodation in Leeds.
The specially-created working party will scrutinise issues underpinning the preparation of a new planning policy for student homes in the city.
They will produce a report which will be published later this year.