An upcoming council meeting looks set to confirm that a new halls of residence will be built near to the Cardiff University campus. The proposed plans, due for consideration soon, suggest a five-block development which will be able to house up to 350 students once complete. This will provide increased choice when it comes to accommodation for students in Cardiff. The plans have been submitted by company Merdeco. Read on for the full story on the proposed halls of residence.
The blocks are planned to appear next to the current Llys Talybont Halls of Residence, which is located off of North Road, Cardiff. The site is near enough to the campus to make it a convenient location for Cardiff University students. There are currently 3,000 students housed at the Llys Talybont residence, with an additional 350 spaces planned for the new site. This would be good news for Cardiff-based students, providing an extra option for students when choosing where to live.
This is actually the second times that plans have been submitted to the council for the building. Yet they were cancelled in December due to objections from the local Member of Parliament and councillors. The main cause of objection is that the site would be built on brownfield land. Yet plans have subsequently been changed and updated, including lowering the amount of rooms and parking spaces. Cycle spaces have multiplied too. The latest plans include a boxing gym and community centre in the hope of proving more popular with locals.
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The plans will be considered at an upcoming council meeting, though are expected to be approved. But any planning applications are notorious for being unpredictable in outcome – check back to find out the results soon. There is a strong demand in Cardiff for high-quality halls of residence – hopefully these plans can provide this, which should help to improve the student experience for those based in Cardiff. It is now simply a case of waiting to see the outcome.