Major student plan revealed for city centre site

A derelict car park on Oldham Street in Liverpool city centre could be turned into a student accommodation block under new plans.

Unite Students has submitted a planning application for 4-14 Oldham Street, where it wants to demolish the existing car park at the site and build student accommodation reaching up to 12 storeys in height.

The proposed block, which could accommodate up to 600 new student rooms, will also have a front on Leece Street, filling a vacant plot opposite St Luke’s Church, often referred to as the Bombed Out Church.

According to planing documents submitted to Liverpool City Council, the building could feature lower ground floor student accommodation, a communal area, welfare management facilities and shops. If the application is successful the complex could be open for the 2017/18 academic year.

The plot off Renshaw Street has previously been the subject of an application to turn the site into a 140-bedroom hotel, a budget hotel and post-graduate accommodation, but the plans never came to fruition.

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