The East Park site has been marked for development for the University’s use since the 1970s and the plan now is to build circa 1,200 rooms at this location to provide modern, on-campus accommodation within close proximity of central Streatham Campus.
Following public consultation and the granting of outline planning approval in 2017, the University are currently discussing the design, development and management requirements with a selection of third-party bidders who will build and operate the new residences which are due to be completed by September 2021.
Changes to the plans from February 2017 - April 2017
Following the Exeter City Council Planning meeting on 13 February 2017 the University reconsidered the amount of development as requested by the Planning Committee, and consulted with local ward Members and local residents regarding their suggestions on how this might be achieved.
The revised proposals provide an outline planning application to build student accommodation and ancillary central amenity facilities (up to a maximum of 32,230 sqm) with associated infrastructure and landscaping (all matters reserved).
The main changes to the initial application are as follows:
- The new plans include a near 13% reduction in floor space, down to 32,230sqm;
- The development zone has been moved away from the eastern edge of the proposed site, increasing the landscape area on this side;
- Two blocks have been removed from the initial application;
- The height zones have been adjusted to show lower heights in parts of the northern and eastern parts of the development zone;
- In particular, all buildings adjacent to the northern edge of the development zone are now no higher than 3 storeys of residential development and there is a small element of 4 storey (down from 5) close to the eastern edge which has also been moved;
- The overall green space on the proposed site has increased to 73% overall.
Images and plans
The following images and plans illustrate the new proposals: