Sunderland students react to new accommodation plans

Photo: 3D Visuals/Fitz Architects.
Photo: 3D Visuals/Fitz Architects.

Students at the University of Sunderland have mixed reactions to proposed student accommodation plans.

Plans, if approved, would see the former J Speedings and Co Sailworks site, in Whickham Street, Sunderland turned into a five-storey student accommodation centre, with as many as 53 new flats, housing more than 70 students.

The accommodation complex will also include communal facilities, private garden areas and associated parking for up to 79 students.

The plans, put forward by Wearside-based Fitz Architects, have been proposed to Sunderland City Council.

A spokesperson from Sunderland City Council, said: “The application will be considered on its merits and with regard to national and local planning policies, and other material considerations.

“Public consultation is underway and interested parties have the opportunity to make representations through the planning process.

“The council welcomes comments as part of that process.”

Fitz Architects have been contacted to comment.

Some students have some reservations about the plans.

Ellie Lyall, 19, said: “While I think the location is more convenient than where I’m currently living at the Forge, I think perhaps the accommodation that currently stands should be filled first. I’m living in a flat for five people and we have an empty bedroom. It may be different elsewhere though.”

Matthew Oates, 20, said: “Another load of student accommodation isn’t needed in Sunderland, this academic year there have been so many empty rooms in student halls and my landlord struggled to fill his houses.

“Private halls are slowly taking over Sunderland and will struggle to attract students who are on a budget.”

Other students have expressed some doubts, while the majority said they agreed with the plans.

You can listen to some of our student’s reaction below.

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