Warwickshire district council has recognised the need to cater for student accommodation within Leamington Spa and we offer our mixed use proposal in agreement with that statement. Local planning and housing policy decisions will be affected by the new government guidelines around accommodation provision. The student housing market needn’t be a problem for the town if managed correctly with the right objectives being met. Leamington has been nominated as one of the happiest places to live in England. We have a successful town with great community interaction, wonderful history, great local services, and facilities. We have a cosmopolitan town that welcomes a diverse mix of people.
“Over the past few years local residents concerns have risen along with student populations in the town. We believe the negative impact of HMO’s will only reduce with the rise of PBSA’s (Purpose Built Student Accommodation).”
We have two renowned institutions; Warwick University and Coventry University as well as Warwickshire College and it’s many campuses. They are key contributors to Leamington economy, both as consumers and as part of our workforce. Employing staff and offering employment to local people, they provide the environment needed to grow and develop our next generation of entrepreneurs, supporting the development of new small and medium enterprises (SMEs). They contribute to the growth and competitiveness of our town through the creation and transfer of knowledge – producing world class research that attracts investment, leading edge scientific and technological development to drive innovation and quality graduates to bring fresh talent to businesses’. Student spending power is considerable and can influence local economies by dramatically increasing the range of retail and services on offer.
Once they have graduated, former students who remain form a key part of our workforce, with many making a valuable contribution to our knowledge sector. Our ambition is to improve the economic competitiveness required for continued success in attracting students to develop our knowledge economy and capitalise on future economic growth. Students who have a positive impression of Leamington Spa upon graduating are more likely to live and link with us in the future, boosting our reputation and business prospects. Our ambition is to create good quality student accommodation in a suitable location, to balance communities. We are investigating how we can maximise the benefits students bring to Leamington in relation to both the economy and volunteering opportunities with local organisations.
We are mindful that students have different accommodation needs and often choose a different housing pathway, leading them to be seen as a transient community. The development will bring life and vitality to an area previously dominated by defunct commercial buildings and non-residential uses.
To Let signs, noise and badly managed waste disposal can often be a cause of tension and can have a detrimental effect on residential neighbourhoods. This development will promote good housing management to promote positive, responsible behaviour thereby reducing the conflict that can arise between students and their neighbours.
All HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) must meet a national standard.
There are minimum requirements for: heating, washing facilities, kitchens, refuse disposal provision, electricity, ventilation and space per person. It is a legal requirement that landlords meet this standard. HMOs can cause concern for local residents such as; anti-social behaviour, problems with parking, poor management of housing, the balance of communities and a loss of population outside term time. The majority of landlords take their responsibilities seriously, particularly in relation to the licensing of HMOs and to minimising health and safety hazards. On-going maintenance of and improvements to these houses are usually carried out by local maintenance people, meaning that money is retained within the local economy and significant employment opportunities are provided to local people. Students often have difficulty getting their landlords to carry out necessary or essential repairs and maintenance.
This development will build strong partnerships and collaborative working with partners and stakeholders across many sectors with local people and communities. We seek to lead the way for the canal side to attract additional private sector funding to maximise opportunities in this underused area.
Sheffield City Council have implemented a Student Accommodation Strategy with great success. More information can be found HERE