Today we are able to reveal that planning permission has been granted by the council for a 1,000 bedroom development on land behind Pentre Jane Morgan student village.
The proposals submitted by South Wales based Asbri Planning include en suite student residences along with some other ancilliary buildings, which it is assumed will be to provide them with amenities such as a launderette as is the case with most other blocks of halls.
It is believed that the University is looking to cease using Pantycelyn as a student residence after declaring it unfit for purpose, although it is not yet known how long the new development will take to build. The University is also looking to increase its capacity in order to avoid the problems of recent years, where a rise in student intake has left some new starters living in hotels until rooms become available.
In other news the council has revealed that it is looking for a 5 star hotel development on the site of Bath Street car park and Y Bae to also include a conference centre.
Although it cannot be confirmed that this will end up being the case, the council has now given the green light for a developer to be sought and we can expect to see a range of different proposals coming in from a number of developers as they clamour for this prime town centre location.
Unlike the controversial Mill Street development which has prompted outcry from the public for a number of reasons, the council will have more influence over the decision as to who and what is given the go ahead in the coming months. Bath Street is not a public infrastructure site which means that the tight regulations surrounding the Mill Street tendering process should not apply.