HUNDREDS more students could be coming to an accommodation campus near Huddersfield.
Councillors recommended expansion of Storthes Hall Campus near Kirkburton on Monday.
Kirklees Council’s Planning and Highways Committee decided in favour of accommodation for 318 students on the former hospital site, which already houses 1,500 Huddersfield University students.
The matter will now be sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for decision.
The plan envisages six new three-storey blocks and an expansion of the existing leisure facility known as the Arboretum.
The new buildings would be made of natural stone to match existing buildings on the site. Some 114 parking spaces would also be provided.
Planning and Highways Committee member Clr Adrian Murphy, who represents Kirkburton, said: “It’s a continuation of development within the university complex which is obviously expanding more and more.
“I think the site can take the extra accommodation and I welcome the fact that local people will be able to use the new facilities at the Arboretum.”
The committee received one letter of objection, which raised concerns about increased noise and traffic.
The site is owned by Ubrique Services.
Director Shay Meshulam said: “I’m quite happy that the plan has been recommended for approval. The proposed development is in an empty area within the existing student village. It has always been a place which needed something on it.”
Mr Meshulam added that the student accommodation market was buoyant.
He said: “Demand is high at the moment. Students want high-quality accommodation and I think we can provide them with it.”
Outline planning permission has also been granted for a continuing care retirement community for 300 residents on the Storthes Hall site.