University urged to double student accommodation in development plans

The University of Bath is being urged to allow for a far greater amount of student accommodation on its campus as it draws up development plans for the site.

Bath University currently houses approximately 2200 students on its campus. However, as the university draws up its future plans, Conservative Councillors in Bath are supporting proposals for this to be at least doubled.

With the university currently consulting Bath and North East Somerset Council on its plans, the Conservative Cabinet has been keen to ensure the Council’s Major Projects team presses for a significant increase in the number of students housed on campus.

The calls for Bath University to increase its provision of dedicated student accommodation come as Bath Spa University is also working with the council on plans to house 800 more students on its campus.

With Government house-building targets demanding that thousands more homes must be built in the area of the next sixteen years, local Conservatives have argued that increasing the amount of dedicated student accommodation can free-up housing in the city for local families. Conservatives have also pressed the Government to allow student accommodation to be included in the house-building targets, which are currently excluded.

Bath Councillor Anthony Clarke (Cons, Lansdown) said:

“Building more dedicated student accommodation in Bath would help free-up more housing for local families. Conservative Councillors are therefore pressing for the number of students housed on campus at Bath University to be at least doubled. This would be a major increase, but with the university currently drawing up future development plans, we believe it would be achievable.

“We can see that modern dedicated accommodation is very popular with students, with the recently completed Unite accommodation on the Lower Bristol Road proving very successful. Building more would therefore benefit both students and Bath residents.”