Southampton student scheme set for thumbs up

An application to construct a student scheme featuring 188 bedrooms in the centre of Southampton has been recommended for approval.

Lainston Lupa filed the proposals for the site at 119 – 122 High Street and 55 – 59 Castle Way in September 2017. They are set to get the green light from Southampton City Council's planning committee at a meeting tomorrow (13 November 2018).

Under the plans, the existing buildings at the site would be demolished to make way for two separate blocks. The main building would range from five to six storeys high and would comprise 188 beds over 18 cluster flats. Three commercial units are also proposed for the ground floor.

The second building would rise to four storeys and would feature a management office and a further three levels of accommodation.

The development site is near a number of listed properties, including the Red Lion pub, Holy Rood Church and St Michaels Church.

A document filed ahead of the meeting said: "Currently the site has poor-quality appearance. The proposal, by contrast, would introduce genuine active frontages to the street."

Approval is subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement, which would secure funding for transport and highway improvements in the vicinity.

(Source: Insider Media)