Deliver a desirable purpose-built managed student residence, capable of housing c.440 students in the heart of Fallowfield;
Establish a student residential cluster of buildings with a strong sense of place, forming an internal landscaped courtyard which is anchored around the historical Oakley Villa;
Deliver a development that captures the character of the area and celebrates the heritage of the site;
Create new communal facilities within Oakley Villa, including a cinema room, multimedia/gaming room, lounge areas and meeting rooms;
Maintain the mature tree canopy within and adjacent the site wherever possible, with any trees needing to be removed replaced elsewhere on site;
Obscure the new facilities from public view so that the historic villa and dense tree canopy are the visual focus for those viewing the site from either Wilmslow Road or Langley Road.
The proposals will deliver approximately c.440 bedrooms across 48 clusters, alongside a series of social facilities, including communal amenity areas. There will be between 6 – 8 bedrooms per flat, all of which will have en-suite facilities.
There has been a very limited amount of new student accommodation delivered across the city over recent years compared to the growing number of students the city is attracting through its successful higher education institutions. This is creating pent up demand which is leading to affordability issues for students and an increasing tendency for students to occupy mainstream residential accommodation. This has an impact on communities, on student wellbeing and on Council Tax revenue.
The site is ideally located for student accommodation, given its proximity to existing student accommodation and Fallowfield District Centre. Furthermore, it is located along a central bus route which connects Fallowfield to the Universities and Manchester City Centre. Delivering high quality, managed, purpose-built student accommodation at this site would mean that students can reside in facilities that are best suited to their needs, in turn reducing pressure on the area’s housing stock.
Due to the building’s current configuration, it is not suitable for a modern organisation. As such, the newer buildings on site – not including Oakley Villa – will need to be replaced to repurpose the site. Given the site’s position on the corridor connecting Fallowfield with the Universities and City Centre, the location is considered best suited for purpose-built student accommodation.
The historic Oakley Villa is retained and enhanced. The scheme is designed around this period building thus making it the centrepiece of the redevelopment proposals. It will be enhanced to house the management offices and student facilities giving it a new use for a new generation.
Watkin Jones will maintain the mature tree canopy along the street and park edges around the site, with any trees needing to be removed, for example due to rot, replaced elsewhere on site. A high-quality landscaped area will front the site and a new central courtyard created.
The scheme includes appropriate on-site habitat protection and enhancement measures. The recommended mitigation includes the minimisation of tree loss, habitat protection during construction and the planting of native species.
A Noise Assessment will be submitted alongside the planning application. However, through effective management of the use and appropriate design, the potential for any disturbance will be minimised.
The site will be accessed via Langley Road. Given the site’s proximity to local bus services, it is expected that the vast majority of residents will use the local bus services, as well as cycle and walkways on Wilmslow Road that connect the site to Fallowfield Central, the Universities and City Centre. Parking spaces will be made available for disabled residents who require them. Servicing of the development will be designed into the proposals and be appropriately managed, conscious of residential amenity.
Limited parking will be available (c.9 bays) as students are discouraged from bringing cars within the FSL tenancy agreement. The available spaces will include disabled parking bays and provision will be made on site for temporary parking arrangements when term starts and ends for students to move their belongings in and out of the accommodation.
The scheme will create new employment opportunities during the construction phase, both directly and indirectly through the supply chain. The development industry, including its supply chain, is a major contributor to both national and local economies as part of the wider construction sector, both through the employment it creates and the investment it makes in the sites being built. In addition, employees will be needed to manage the facilities, for example security staff and front of house management.
An out of hours service will be provided by security personnel who are SIA accredited. We also ensure that there is a maximum of 2-3 dedicated Security Staff that become part of the Accommodation Team and are familiar to the tenants, rather than having a different person on each shift. Security will provide an on-site presence and will be the first response for any emergencies and will carry out regular patrols of the interior and exterior of the building.
Local residents would be encouraged to contact a member of the team should they have any complaints or grievances.
Once all feedback has been reviewed, a reserved matters planning application is expected to be submitted in the coming months. It is envisaged that the site could be ready for September 2023.
We recently held a public consultation so that we could hear the views of local residents, students and stakeholders. We are now reviewing the feedback received ahead of the submission of a planning application being submitted to Manchester City Council.
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