Stu­dent flats plan sub­mit­ted for city cen­tre

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

DEVEL­OP­ERS have sub­mit­ted yet an­other plan for stu­dent flats in Cardiff – a 10-storey build­ing de­signed to house more than 400 stu­dents in the city cen­tre.

The pro­posal is for a series of flats each hous­ing be­tween four and eight stu­dents on the site of an old bowl­ing green at Howard Gar­dens.

Plans drawn up by Cross­lane Stu­dent De­vel­op­ments also fea­ture study rooms, a games room, gym, foyer, me­dia room, more than 100 cy­cle stores and a com­mer­cial unit.

There will also be some stu­dio flats and dis­abled-friendly rooms.

Lisa Tim­ber­lake, de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Cross­lane Stu­dent De­vel­op­ments, said the scheme could help the city meet an in­creas­ing de­mand for qual­ity stu­dent hous­ing.

She added: “Cardiff is a vi­brant univer­sity city with four higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and over 50,000 stu­dents, and stu­dent num­bers have been grow­ing above the na­tional av­er­age for sev­eral years, putting pres­sure on the hous­ing sit­u­a­tion in the city.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment at Howard Gar­dens would pro­vide fur­ther choice for stu­dents in the pur­pose­built ac­com­mo­da­tion mar­ket and free up pri­vate hous­ing for young pro­fes­sion­als and fam­i­lies to rent.”

Each flat will fea­ture a kitchen and com­mu­nal liv­ing space.

One part of the build­ing, fac­ing New­port Road Lane, will reach 10 storeys.

Plans sub­mit­ted to Cardiff coun­cil show the build­ing with steps down to four storeys where it fronts Howard Gar­dens. Manch­ester-based firm Cross­lane pur­chased the site, which is cur­rently be­ing used to store build­ing equip­ment, from Cardiff coun­cil.

The com­mer­cial unit could be used to house a cafe for the wider pub­lic and could be up­graded and im­proved by the coun­cil as part of wider plans for the area.

The site is six min­utes’ walk from Cardiff city cen­tre and within walk­ing dis­tance of Queen Street rail­way sta­tion. It could house stu­dents from Cardiff Univer­sity and Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity, both of which have seen a huge rise in ap­pli­ca­tions from full-time stu­dents in the past five years.

The plans are now open for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and can be viewed on­line at www.cross­lane­group.com/howardgar­dens.

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