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UCLan to drive student accommodation plans

UCLan has outlined its intention to work with Burnley Borough Council to bring forward a plan for student accommodation in the town.

The partnership follows the university’s recent purchase of Victoria Mill as part of its plan to increase the number of rooms available. It hopes to increase the number of Burnley-based students from fewer than 400 to 2,000 by 2021 and up to 4,000 by 2025.

Pro-chancellor and chairman of the university board David Taylor believes that by working with Burnley Council, it is developing a “cohesive, long-term plan for a significant presence in the town”.

“Purpose-built student accommodation is a vital element in attracting students to the area and ultimately providing the skills supply needed to maximise Burnley’s economic resurgence and help fulfil its stated masterplan ambitions,” he added.

Leader of Burnley Borough Council Mark Townsend added: “Over the last year we have been working with UCLan and other partners on a masterplan for the town centre and canalside. UCLan’s proposed growth will be a key driver in the town and the council is committed to ensuring that we have the infrastructure and amenities in place to support that growth.

“This agreement is the next step to realising the plan.”

Original story: Insider Media