University of Exeter secures planning consent for East Park development


November 02, 2018 – University of Exeter has secured planning approval from Exeter City Council for the development of new student housing project at East Park on the university’s Streatham Campus.

University Partnerships Programme (UPP), a UK-based provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, will be responsible for the design, build, funding and operation of the new accommodation.

Touted to be the university’s largest on-campus accommodation project since 2012, East Park forms part of plan to develop an additional student homes in total.

The site’s outline planning approval has been secured in April 2017. After the feedback from the local community, staff, and students on the updated plans the Reserved Matters application was submitted in August 2018 and the plans approved in October 2018.

The new student housing project will feature 1,182 high-quality bedrooms with access to all the services students need on their doorstep.

The East Park development will offer a choice of room types and rent levels. The bedrooms have been designed with a focus on enhanced health and wellbeing by minimising noise and light pollution. The residences will meet an enhanced level of Secure by Design standards.

Work on the project is set to begin in early 2019 with the new student homes set to open in two phases from September 2020 to September 2021.

UPP Group CEO Sean O’Shea said: “This news is a testament to the strength of our existing bespoke, long-term partnership with the University. Since 2009, we have delivered and operated circa 2,500 high-quality and affordable purpose-built student residences on campus.

“Through the proposed development, we will help the University to maintain and enhance its reputation for delivering an internationally excellent education. We look forward to continuing to support the University’s strategic objectives and taking another step forward in this close relationship.”

University of Exeter registrar and secretary Mike Shore-Nye said: “We are delighted to receive approval for our plans. The East Park development will create more high-quality, on-campus accommodation for our students, reducing the pressure on the city’s housing stock whilst strengthening our commitment to offer an excellent student experience.

“We will liaise closely with the local community to ensure the development process is a success for everyone. The East Park development is a significant project for the University which forms part of our ambitious Capital Strategy to invest in our campuses, estate and infrastructure over the next 10 years.”



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