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Unite secures planning approval for prime Liverpool site – 22 October 2015

8 November 2016

The Unite Group plc, the UK’s leading developer and manager of student accommodation, has received planning consent for a one acre site on Leece St in central Liverpool. The development will provide 772 beds for the city’s students and is expected to be completed in 2017.

The building on the site was having previously been used as a car park is in close proximity to the city centre’s amenities and transport links, and will complement Unite’s existing properties in the city. 

The scheme will have a total development cost of around £46 million and is expected to deliver returns in line with Unite’s targets for regional development.  

The plans, which were approved by Liverpool City Council Planning Committee on 20/10/15, will see four blocks, made up of 106 cluster flats and 58 studios and totalling 772-bedrooms. The development would range in height up to 11-storeys and will include ground floor retail units.  

Unite Students currently operate 10 properties in Liverpool providing a home for nearly 4000 students in the city.  

Richard Simpson, Managing Director of Property for Unite, commented: 

“We are delighted to have received planning consent for our new development in Liverpool which forms part of our ongoing regional development plans. We have worked closely with higher education providers and Liverpool City Council throughout the planning process, and the new building will provide a safe and secure home for the growing numbers of students attracted to the city.  

“Liverpool is a thriving university city attracting students from across the UK and internationally. Students continue to be important contributors to the local economy and this new development will ease pressure on private residential housing in the area.”