West Leeds: University’s £9m expansion plan in Horsforth

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PLANS for a new £9m student accommodation block at Leeds Trinity University will be discussed at a Horsforth Town Council meeting next week.

University chiefs submitted plans to Leeds City Council last month for a new 228 bedroom student block at the Brownberrie Lane campus.

The plans will be discussed at Horsforth Town Council’s planning meeting from 7pm on Tuesday January 27 at The Mechanics Institute on Town Street, Horsforth.

Comments raised at that meeting will be considered when the application goes before a meeting of Leeds City Council’s south and west plans panel on February 19.

The expansion plan comes as Leeds Trinity chiefs estimate the university’s current 3,500 student population will rise to 4,500 over the next five years.

Demolition of the university’s outdoor changing rooms and former students’ union building will be taking place to make way for the planned new building.

As part of the development plans, replacement outdoor changing rooms are proposed next to the university’s 3G astroturf pitch and playing fields.

Stephen Oddy, Leeds Trinity’s director of facilities, said: “We are very excited about our development plans for the new student accommodation as it will be a great addition to the university and demonstrates our continued growth over the years. It means we can accommodate a larger number of students that are starting next year and ensure we provide great accommodation for what is often their first time away from home.

“The local community has been informed of the plans and the university will continue to consult with residents on the progress. The student residence will be complete by August 2016, allowing for a month before the start of the new academic year in September 2016.”