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312 bed student tower block on The Strand in Swansea approved by city planners

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A new 10 to 12 storey tower block to accommodate 312 student bedrooms has been approved by city planners.

The new development on The Strand in the city centre by Crosslane Student Developments is on land currently used as a temporary surface car park opposite Green Dragon Lane.

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Crosslane Student Developments were behind the £22m 310-bed Coppergate student development that opened in 2019 on the junction of The Kingsway and Christina Street in the city centre.

The planning report described The Strand development as a significant redevelopment of a brownfield site as well as bringing additional purpose-built student accommodation in the city which would take pressure off houses of multiple occupation in other areas.

Despite safety concerns from some members of the planning committee along with worries over potential flood risk, the proposals were passed at the planning meeting on Tuesday 6 November.

This is the latest student development to be approved in the city, with a 350 bed block on the former Valuation Office Agency site on High Street approved in August.

Work is also underway on transforming the former Sun Alliance House offices on St Helens Road into a 78-bed student scheme.

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It is believed that over 2,500 purpose built student accommodation rooms are currently being developed or planned in the city across a variety of schemes.

(Lead image: Sadler Brown Group)

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