Councillors approve UWE campus scheme
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Councillors voted to award outline planning permission for the scheme, subject to conditions, at the council’s Development Control committee today (Thursday 6 June).
The scheme will see the University consolidate its three campuses in South Gloucestershire on a single 136-acre site serving 25,000 students of whom 3,500 would live on campus.
It will include new and refurbished academic buildings and student accommodation as well as a new public transport hub, an on-campus hotel and improved pedestrian and cycle routes through the site.
Welcoming the decision, Committee chair Cllr Dave Hockey said: “This is a further positive step in the development of the UWE site and the North Fringe area.
“The University is a major local employer and as a council we are proud to have such an ambitious and prestigious institution in our district.
“I am delighted that we have been able to respond positively to the University’s application and look forward to the developments bringing further economic, cultural and infrastructure benefits for South Gloucestershire and the wider region.”
Preliminary work is expected to begin on the scheme within the next six months.
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