- The £25million development named ‘Barnwell Gate’ will help satisfy strong local demand for purpose built student accommodation
- Planning success follows an 18-month consultation which resulted in design changes and the majority of consultation respondents backing the scheme
- Contractor yet to be appointed but construction expected to begin on the 154-bedroom scheme in December
Developer Future Generation yesterday (Wed) secured planning permission for a £25million student scheme in Cambridge.
Approval for the 154-bed project — named ‘Barnwell Gate’ — came after significant consultation with officers, local councillors and residents over the past 18 months.
This resulted in the vast majority of respondents to the consultation supporting the scheme.
Most of the accommodation will consist of clusters of rooms with shared living and kitchen facilities though 20 self-contained studio apartments will also be provided.
The university is just a 10-minute cycle ride away. The current occupants of the site at 444 Newmarket Road, a car dealership, will be relocating to other premises.
Future Generation is the Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) arm of developer Southern Grove.
Andrew Southern, Chairman of Southern Grove and Future Generation, commented:
“This attractive scheme is going to continue to show off our strengths when it comes to designing spacious living quarters that don’t cut corners when it comes to design and quality of life for students.
“While demand for student accommodation in some parts of the country is beginning to tail off, there is huge ongoing demand for purpose built student accommodation in Cambridge.”