Plans have been unveiled for 504 student flats near Huddersfield town centre.

Developer Bradco want consent for the two student flat blocks on land off Manchester Road between the new Kirklees College building and Earnshaws.

It forms part of the wider Waterfront Quarter bounded by the college, Folly Hall and Chapel Hill and Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

There will also be a car park at canal level, but it will be contracted out for college staff.

The application is the latest for student hostels close to Huddersfield town centre.

The planning application, submitted to Kirklees Council, says: “Currently the empty site is unused.

“The neighbouring area is a mix of uses including retail premises, hotels, offices, student accommodation, cultural buildings and a transport interchange.

“The scheme proposed represents a unique opportunity for the redevelopment and regeneration of this area providing landmark urban design adjacent to the central area and two of the major routes into the town centre.

Site of proposed student accommodation close to Kirklees College on Manchester Road, Huddersfield
Planning notice at site of proposed student accommodation close to Kirklees College on Manchester Road, Huddersfield
 

“The site’s location is high profile on a key Waterfront corridor and at the north western approach into the town centre.

“The site represents a major development opportunity.”

No car parking provision will be made for students living in the flats.

Instead the application says the car parking space will be “contracted to the lecturers at the nearby Huddersfield Technical College  (Kirklees College) due to the existing under supply at the  college.”

The application says students will be notified in advance that no car parking provision will be available, but loading and unloading will be available via an access road at the start and finish of the university terms.

The proposed development site is in flood risk zones 1 and 2 - the lowest level meaning risk is 1%.

Bradco, a Wakefield-based company, want to develop the land which remains owned by Sellers International Ltd.

The application is open to public consultation via Kirklees Council until March 21 and a decision will be made by the Planning Committee.

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