Plans revealed for three tower blocks of flats in Beverley Road

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Feb 2019

Three four-storey tower blocks containing 74 new flats could be built in Beverley Road .

Plans for the new eco-friendly housing complex, which will create homes for 96 students on land behind Lidl, have been submitted to Hull City Council by Castle Homes.

The firm also wants to rennovate five houses it already owns in nearby Beech Grove to create homes for 41 students.

It comes after a previous scheme for a five-storey complex containing 79 beds on the site was halted in 2016 after the design was considered outdated and sparked fears it would overshadow residential properties too much.

The latest plans 24 allocated car parking spaces - at the rate of one per six students - as well as 84 cycle spaces and two motorcycle spots.

Castle Homes wants to build new eco-friendly flats

A 6m-wide link road is also proposed in Beech Grove to connect the cark park to the main street.

In its planning submission, Yeme Architects, on behalf of Castle Homes, said the development "reflects the increasing demand for high quality, distinctively designed accommodation."

READ MORE: Plans for 70 new homes on site of former Hull secondary school

It said: "This can be seen with the University’s own new accommodation and trends that are prevalent in other university towns. A key aspect of the student experience is determined by the nature and quality of the accommodation."

The proposed development will also "seek to be environmentally sustainable" with rainwater being used to flush the toilets and solar panels on the flat roofs being angled to the south for "maximum efficiency."

They want to build 96 new homes for students in Beverley Road

Many properties in Beech Grove and surrounding streets have been converted into student-style accommodation during the past 20 years due its close proximity to the University of Hull campus in Cottingham Road.

This has resulted in a shortage of family homes in the area around Beverley Road, with properties bought to let out to new groups of students each year.

But the applicant says the scheme will free up around 30 to 40 houses for families when students opt to live in their complex instead.

It adds the design plans are the culmination of extensive development work, with the design principles being developed in discussions with senior planning officers.

The applicant states it is confident the planning authority is broadly in support of the proposal, after the plans were presented to local councillors and discussed in detail.

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