Liverpool has done its homework on student accommodation and are planning applications in the hope of building purpose built accommodation for students inside of the city centre. With a total population of over 50000 students playing a massive role in the economy of Liverpool, Making sure quality and sustainability is a priority is key for this to succeed.
There is massive need for both Liverpool and national government to recognise that students have a massive impact on the local economy spending an estimate of £1 billion per annum and supporting 16000 jobs and with this housing crisis, making student accommodation will significantly help.
In the past Larger converted houses and HMO’s with quality and accessibility have housed significant amounts of students outside of the city centre. In recent years there has been massive increases in interest for developing student accommodation on a bigger scale.
One major problem heading forward with the idea of student accommodation is competing with office and retail land which plays a massive part in Liverpool city centre and if student Population starts to decline then this could become a massive problem for the student accommodation. Both risks equally big making the decision tougher and having more homework done to see what will benefit the city of Liverpool more. Furthermore there is potential risk of damaging HMO’s and other traditional accommodation for students.
3 different areas were recommended to the councils committee when a review on student accommodation in the city. Even though the review deemed it vital to action on student accommodation meeting the demand for student accommodation, decisions have to be made whilst looking at different issues and how they will be affected.
The three recommendations are
- Making zones of opportunity
- Planners using powers to discourage development in less appropriate areas
- Council adapting measures to ensure potential success of landlord businesses
Making zones of opportunity would boost purpose built facilities in the areas of the city centre that would be most suited and will bring up the least amount of risk.
Planners using powers to discourage development in worse areas will limit the risk of building and planners will have more influential views on the matter and can help determine where the accommodation to be built.
HMO landlords would have to change management plans to work alongside student accommodation to minimise any problems that may occur.
The council itself have been urged to work with developers and planners to eliminate as many problems as possible so this scheme can be put in place and the student accommodation plans can be implemented