Public invited to have their say on Universitys development plans

Earlier in October, our University announced a transformative £500 million programme of investment that will improve student and academic facilities as well as public spaces over the next decade.

Now, as part of that programme, our University and development partners Equitix and Kier have revealed the first images of their planned new student village at Freemen’s Common, and are inviting people to have their say. This marks the start of a consultation with the local community – including staff and students – prior to the submission of a planning application.

The proposed development includes new accommodation for around 1200 students across seven new blocks; a flexible new academic building – the Teaching and Learning Centre; and a 550-space multi-storey car park.

The proposals at Freemen’s Common form a key part of the University’s wider estates transformation programme, which is a ten year vision to invest in teaching and research facilities, student accommodation and the public spaces around the University.

Brita Sread, Director of Estates and Campus Services, said: “The new student village at Freemen’s Common is a key project within our estates transformation programme. We identified this site as having the potential to create a fantastic new environment for students to live, study and socialise. It is ideally located adjacent to our central campus.”

Two pre-planning application consultation events are being held next week:

Wednesday 8 November 2017

2.30pm to 8:00pm

Big Shed Conferencing, 93 Commercial Square, Leicester LE2 7SJ

Friday 10 November 2017

2:30pm to 6:30pm

Council Rooms 1 and 2, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH

Following the consultation events, the team will be working to finalise the proposals and submit a planning application before the end of the year.