Go-ahead for £12m student homes plan

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A NEW £12m development of student accommodation in York has been given approval by city planners.

Developers can now begin work on the site, which will provide a home for 258 York St John students in future, within a ten-minute walk of the university’s main campus on Lord Mayor’s Walk.

Contractors are expected to begin work on the site in Carmelite Street in July, with the first students expected to move in during September 2013.

The project will be managed by S Harrison Developments, which has been involved in the successful Gray’s Wharf and Percy’s Lane student accommodation developments in the city.

The new accommodation will follow the existing pattern of being car-free, as it is within walking distance of the city’s amenities.

Vice Chancellor Professor David Fleming said: “This new accommodation will provide fantastic facilities for students a stone’s throw away from the main campus.

“The new build will mirror the highly prestigious and successful Gray’s Wharf and Percy’s Lane accommodation, with the same outstanding quality and environmental standards being a feature of this new accommodation.”