More student accommodation could be on its way to Selly Oak after new plans were lodged to turn a pub car park into a set of halls containing more than 60 bedrooms.
The site is currently a 58-space car park, behind The Goose at 561 Bristol Road, but Victoria Hall Management has lodged new plans to build the fourth phase of its substantial student halls of residence project.
The scheme would comprise three detached buildings with a landscaped courtyard and a fourth building containing a ground floor commercial unit which would front onto Bristol Road and enclose the site.
The application is for 60 bedrooms in shared flats of four, five and six bedrooms and three self-contained studio apartments, reaching up to four storeys.
All 58 parking spaces will be lost but the development will have space for 16 bikes.
Developers hope the accommodation will be ready in time for the 2017/18 academic year and, although independent from the University of Birmingham, it is likely to be occupied by those attending the nearby campus.
Victoria Hall already has a substantial presence in Selly Oak having built two blocks either side of Grange Road - which backs onto the application site - and a third phase on the A38 Selly Oak bypass.
Part of the Cork-based O'Flynn Group, it has accommodation across the UK in Coventry, Leicester and Cardiff among others.
According to data submitted with the application, Birmingham's five main universities had 73,750 students during the 2013/14 year and, of these, 11,740 lived in university halls of residence and a further 6,444 were in private sector, purpose-built accommodation.
It suggests that existing university and private sector accommodation can only accommodate around 32 per cent of Birmingham's student population while data released in January 2015 said applications to UK universities had risen by two per cent compared with a year earlier.
The application for 561 Bristol Road is just the latest in a long line of plans for Selly Oak:
- At 495-505 Bristol Road, music studio Rich Bitch is moving out to make way for a new eight-storey block containing 267 bedrooms
- At 778-800 Bristol Road, Turnpike Developments has planning permission to erect a four-storey block containing 100 bedrooms and four ground floor retail units
- Elliot Road, opposite Battery Retail Park, is the subject of plans to build 329 bedrooms
- Former ambulance station in Bristol Road is set to open next month following a £23 million project to build 259 studio apartments
Pictures: Student accommodation developments in Birmingham