Concerns over new ‘student village’ development in Leicester

Concerns have been raised over plans to build a new “student village” by the University of Leicester.

The Freemen’s Common Student Village will include residences for around 1,200 students and a new 550-space multi-storey car park.

A Teaching and Learning Centre will also be created, providing a flexible and quality academic space for the University.

The proposals will protect the Grade II-listed Freemen’s Cottages and look to create new and improved landscaped areas and pedestrian and cycling routes to connect the campus better with the surrounding communities.

The University of Leicester believes the community will benefit from the development, but local residents are concerned.

Ian Brown from the Friends of Clarendon Park group said: “There will be an impact on the visual aspect, the sheer size and scale of the development.

“Also it’s going to introduce quite an amount of traffic and congestion.”

The Student Village will include residences for 1,200 students.

A spokesperson for The University of Leicester said: “The new student village at Freemen’s Common will provide a welcoming and attractive new neighbourhood for students to live, study and socialise.”

“Our team has worked hard to create a design which will greatly enhance the appearance of the site, as well as creating attractive new walking routes, squares and landscape features which the whole community will be able to access and benefit from.”