Public have say on proposed Derry PBSA

The Derry purpose-built student accommodation development, if given the green light, will be built on the 0.76 acre site on Strand Road.

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A public consultation is to take place on a proposed new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in Derry. The earmarked site is on disused land in the lower Strand Road area of the city.

A pre-application consultation event took place in the Foyleside Shopping Centre on 25 June. The event was organised by Cavendish Consulting.

The public were given a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed erection of a PBSA scheme (comprising clusters and studios) including landscaped courtyard and roof terraces, and all other associated site and access works.

The development, if given the green light, will be built on the 0.76 acre site on the Strand Road. It would be located on a busy section of the lower Strand Road close to its junction with the Rock Road and opposite Moran’s Centra and the Coppin House student accommodation building.

The proposed PBSA scheme will help to meet the continued demand for student accommodation that exists in the city – as well as the planned increase in Ulster University’s student population.

Ulster University previously told Stormont officials that it had identified a way to increase student numbers to 7,500. However, it was estimated that a capital investment of £385m was required to accommodate that number. Previously, concerns were raised that the 10,000 figure may not be achievable.