Laundry move clears way for 395-bed student village

Laundry move clears way for 395-bed student village

The Berendsen laundry, in Neville's Cross, which could make way for student accommodation (9784476)

The Berendsen laundry, in Neville's Cross, which could make way for student accommodation (9784481)

The Berendsen laundry, in Neville's Cross, which could make way for student accommodation (9784490)

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

MULTI-MILLION pound plans have been announced for a 395-bed student village on an industrial site.

County Properties (Northern) Group want to build a “student residence eco village” on the Berendsen’s laundry site, off the A167 in Neville’s Cross, Durham City.

The firm plans to move to a bigger site on an industrial estate in Meadowfield, potentially creating more jobs.

Meanwhile, the student digs plans will go on display at the Berendsen site tomorrow (Friday, August 29) from 4pm to 8pm.

Jonathan Sutton, of Lewis Sutton Property Consultants, said his clients were keen to engage with local residents and take their views on board.

However, there is already anger over the spread of student accommodation, with plans for more than 2,000 extra beds having been announced or approved in recent months.

Critics say more areas of Durham are being turned into student ghettos and the extra accommodation is not needed, with many beds still available for the approaching academic year.

Mr Sutton said the Berendsen development would be built to the highest environmental standards and highly sustainable – capable of being used as permanent residential accommodation should this be needed in future.

There would be townhouses, flats and studios, plus a student hub, green areas and storage for bicycles and the campus-style development would be primarily aimed at postgraduate students.

Most of the accommodation would be four storeys in height.

It would probably be privately run, rather than part of a Durham University college, but Mr Sutton said it would be managed by a highly experienced student housing operator that had been involved in its design.

“The developers are very keen to engage with local residents.

“We’ve seen all the shenanigans with Flass Vale and Alumno Developments (the firm behind the £20m scheme to build nearly 400 student digs at nearby Sheraton Park).

“We need to engage with the local population properly and demonstrate if the laundry’s going to be moving what’s going in its place will be nicer than what’s there at the moment,” he said.

County Properties hopes to submit a planning application to Durham County Council shortly and have the accommodation ready for September 2016.

Berendsen did not respond to The Northern Echo’s request for comment.

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11:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

MagicAlf says...

More student flats, what a surprise, do these people have any originality or creativity whatsoever? So with the plans for this, the former social club and Sheraton Park, the developers aim to dump 1000 students into Neville's Cross. I don't believe these students actually exist and most of these properties will simply sit empty at a loss.

How about these developers think out of the box for a change and try to do something worthwhile, rather than pursuing yet more unnecessary student accommodation?
More student flats, what a surprise, do these people have any originality or creativity whatsoever? So with the plans for this, the former social club and Sheraton Park, the developers aim to dump 1000 students into Neville's Cross. I don't believe these students actually exist and most of these properties will simply sit empty at a loss. How about these developers think out of the box for a change and try to do something worthwhile, rather than pursuing yet more unnecessary student accommodation? MagicAlf
  • Score: 5

5:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Birdyy says...

MagicAlf wrote:
More student flats, what a surprise, do these people have any originality or creativity whatsoever? So with the plans for this, the former social club and Sheraton Park, the developers aim to dump 1000 students into Neville's Cross. I don't believe these students actually exist and most of these properties will simply sit empty at a loss.

How about these developers think out of the box for a change and try to do something worthwhile, rather than pursuing yet more unnecessary student accommodation?
Maybe it is needed. There have been complaints about student ghettos and now complaints about student integration into the broader community. Which is it you want?
[quote][p][bold]MagicAlf[/bold] wrote: More student flats, what a surprise, do these people have any originality or creativity whatsoever? So with the plans for this, the former social club and Sheraton Park, the developers aim to dump 1000 students into Neville's Cross. I don't believe these students actually exist and most of these properties will simply sit empty at a loss. How about these developers think out of the box for a change and try to do something worthwhile, rather than pursuing yet more unnecessary student accommodation?[/p][/quote]Maybe it is needed. There have been complaints about student ghettos and now complaints about student integration into the broader community. Which is it you want? Birdyy
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Vote4Rob says...

Good university at Durham... top 3 in the UK? Surely building student accommodation all in one place is a good idea to keep the students safe and in one area. Students who go to Durham must have half a brain! By having a thriving student population as well as a good tourist attraction, wont this be bringing in outside money to the local economy?
Good university at Durham... top 3 in the UK? Surely building student accommodation all in one place is a good idea to keep the students safe and in one area. Students who go to Durham must have half a brain! By having a thriving student population as well as a good tourist attraction, wont this be bringing in outside money to the local economy? Vote4Rob
  • Score: 4

9:09pm Sat 30 Aug 14

MagicAlf says...

Vote4Rob wrote:
Good university at Durham... top 3 in the UK? Surely building student accommodation all in one place is a good idea to keep the students safe and in one area. Students who go to Durham must have half a brain! By having a thriving student population as well as a good tourist attraction, wont this be bringing in outside money to the local economy?
The point is that Durham is oversupplied with student accommodation, so development s like this aren't necessary.
[quote][p][bold]Vote4Rob[/bold] wrote: Good university at Durham... top 3 in the UK? Surely building student accommodation all in one place is a good idea to keep the students safe and in one area. Students who go to Durham must have half a brain! By having a thriving student population as well as a good tourist attraction, wont this be bringing in outside money to the local economy?[/p][/quote]The point is that Durham is oversupplied with student accommodation, so development s like this aren't necessary. MagicAlf
  • Score: -2

1:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

stevichi says...

Birdyy wrote:
MagicAlf wrote:
More student flats, what a surprise, do these people have any originality or creativity whatsoever? So with the plans for this, the former social club and Sheraton Park, the developers aim to dump 1000 students into Neville's Cross. I don't believe these students actually exist and most of these properties will simply sit empty at a loss.

How about these developers think out of the box for a change and try to do something worthwhile, rather than pursuing yet more unnecessary student accommodation?
Maybe it is needed. There have been complaints about student ghettos and now complaints about student integration into the broader community. Which is it you want?
Quite simply there are agreed planning applications for over ADDITIONAL 2000 student beds in this area already.

I would be delighted in obtaining some FACTS from someone (maybe at the university) if they really are going to have an extra 2000 students on courses in 2015?

Additionally there is legislation in place to stop getto's in rented accommodation, unless there are actually 'poor' students who cant afford any better (and thus wont be able to afford these new locations).

Then if the 2000 beds are simply going to move from other locations in the Durham area what about the hardship to those presently renting out their properties and rooms.

It seems like unsustainable codswallop to me ! Especially since DCC need to address the air pollution in the area.
[quote][p][bold]Birdyy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MagicAlf[/bold] wrote: More student flats, what a surprise, do these people have any originality or creativity whatsoever? So with the plans for this, the former social club and Sheraton Park, the developers aim to dump 1000 students into Neville's Cross. I don't believe these students actually exist and most of these properties will simply sit empty at a loss. How about these developers think out of the box for a change and try to do something worthwhile, rather than pursuing yet more unnecessary student accommodation?[/p][/quote]Maybe it is needed. There have been complaints about student ghettos and now complaints about student integration into the broader community. Which is it you want?[/p][/quote]Quite simply there are agreed planning applications for over ADDITIONAL 2000 student beds in this area already. I would be delighted in obtaining some FACTS from someone (maybe at the university) if they really are going to have an extra 2000 students on courses in 2015? Additionally there is legislation in place to stop getto's in rented accommodation, unless there are actually 'poor' students who cant afford any better (and thus wont be able to afford these new locations). Then if the 2000 beds are simply going to move from other locations in the Durham area what about the hardship to those presently renting out their properties and rooms. It seems like unsustainable codswallop to me ! Especially since DCC need to address the air pollution in the area. stevichi
  • Score: -1

2:05pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Pyroriffic says...

A far better plan would be to flatten the lot and improve the road situation around Nevilles Cross. It's abysmal at the best of times.

Maybe that's just a little too practical, though.
A far better plan would be to flatten the lot and improve the road situation around Nevilles Cross. It's abysmal at the best of times. Maybe that's just a little too practical, though. Pyroriffic
  • Score: 4

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