Planning permission granted for 1,182 student residences in Exeter

1st November 2018
Planning permission granted for 1,182 student residences in Exeter
Exeter City Council has granted planning permission for 1,182 high quality student residences set in the beautiful landscape of The University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.

The East Park site has been marked for development by The University of Exeter since the 1970s. The project, led by University Partnerships Programme, is one of several significant investments being made as part of the University’s commitment to reduce pressure on the city’s housing stock whilst continuing to offer the best student experience possible.

Our approved design is driven by protecting green spaces and promoting sustainable living, which are both key factors in enhancing student wellbeing and minimising the development’s impact on nearby communities.

The residences are laid out across three terraces, with a green spine to connect all levels. Meadows will flow up to the building facades to form a network of informal recreation spaces around the site, while over 400 trees will be planted.

The biophilic design continues internally, with the Hub forming the heart of the community; a place to meet friends, pick up post, grab a coffee, stretch out in a yoga class or find a quiet corner to read.

Responding to student feedback, there are a variety of bedroom types on offer to suit varying needs and budgets. All accommodation is arranged in shared flats of 6–10 people, with communal kitchens, living rooms and dining facilities to help avoid solitude.

Lee Diggle, Senior Associate Architect, said:

I’m delighted that plans for East Park were approved at Monday’s committee meeting. It’s testament to the hard work and dedication from all parties involved. I’m proud to be part of the team that will help deliver more high quality student accommodation for UPP and the University.

Works are due to commence in early 2019 with the new accommodation set to open in two phases from September 2020 and September 2021.