Public consultation on plans for new purpose-built student accommodation development at Howard Gardens in Cardiff

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Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, is pleased to announce that from Friday 25 August plans for a new purpose-built student accommodation scheme at Howard Gardens in Cardiff will be publicly available to view on-line for a period of four weeks.

The proposed plans are to deliver a high-quality residential building with stepped heights of four and six storeys, rising to ten storeys in one corner, which will provide accommodation for approximately 400 students. The ground floor will house a reception and management suite, along with shared communal facilities for residents, such as a common room, study hub and gym.

A significant proportion of developers, recently delivering new student accommodation schemes in Cardiff have created self-contained studios, but Crosslane’s proposals are focused on shared cluster flats, with between 4 and 8 bedrooms sharing a kitchen and lounge to encourage students to live in groups, make new friends and provide social and cultural opportunities as part of their university experience, as well as providing rooms at more affordable rent prices.

A coffee shop open to the wider public is planned on the ground floor, fronting onto the park side of Howard Gardens that is proposed to be upgraded and improved by the Council as part of the wider plans for the area.

The site of the development is within easy walking distance of most university buildings within the city, and a large cycle storage facility will be provided to encourage students to cycle, or take public transport to any university buildings further away, helping to discourage car ownership.

Proposed plans will be available online from 5pm Friday 25 August at www.crosslanegroup.com/howardgardens for 28 days. Publicly accessible computers with free internet access can be located and used at Cardiff Central Library (The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1FL), open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (9am to 6pm), Thursday (10am-7pm), and Saturday (9am – 5.30pm). Crosslane is also providing a dedicated phone line (02921 675 484) and email address for the project, howardgardens@crosslanegroup.com, where members of the public can comment on the proposals.

 Lisa Timberlake, Development Manager at Crosslane Student Developments, said:

“Cardiff is a vibrant university city with four higher education institutions and over 50,000 students and student numbers have been growing above the national average for several years, putting pressure on the housing situation in the city. The proposed development at Howard Gardens would provide further choice for students in the purpose-built accommodation market and free up private housing for young professionals and families to rent.”

“We look forward to hearing from members of the public and incorporating their feedback into our final plans. If all goes well, we expect to submit a planning application later this year.”