There has been ongoing buzz about the proposed plan in Southampton worth £40 million to create more student flats in the existing B&Q site. What is known to be B&Q site before is located in Mayfield Road. The plans were organized by Britel Fund Trustees Ltd and Sladen Estates. After a meeting with their superiors, the plan’s future will be determined.
It was said that around 189 student flats were included in the plan. Aside from additional flats, the said plan is going to provided 400 employment opportunities in the construction site that will be happening in Swaythling. After the project is completed, it is estimated that eight vacancies are going to be available.
The site for the student flats is the previous location of a B&Q store which closed because the landlord failed to renew the business lease. The firms plan revolves on replacing the structure with building from three to six storey high.
After its completion, there would be 525 available student bedrooms which is going to be a combination of studio apartments and flats. The ground floor will also be provided with its own community café while an outdoor plaza is also included in the proposition.
Planning officers from the city council would need the approval of the planning panel council before the proposed project is commenced.
Charles Fish from the Sladen Estates have expressed that they have been designing the plan for a long time and they plan on delivering a project that will be attractive to consumer not only because of the prominent site that is fortunately available.
Once the developers have received the permission for the said plan, they guarantee that the new structure will be open to students around September next year.
It was the 1960s when B&Q first opened its main store in Portswood Road and then it was 28 years ago that they decided to launch the Mayfield Road branch. It was last month that 60 branches were revealed to be closing in a span of two years across the county. This means hundreds of people in Southampton are going to lose their jobs.