Herefordshire council is working with partners to develop proposals for new student accommodation in Hereford to enhance the experience of higher education in the county

The experience of higher education in Herefordshire is set to be enhanced with proposals to develop new student accommodation places in the City.

Herefordshire has a strong and growing offering for people looking to further their education and develop their skills. This is important to the county’s economy as a whole by encouraging young people to study, live and develop their careers here.

The council is working with partners to develop options for student accommodation to be built on the College Road campus in Hereford and as part of a redeveloped stand at Edgar Street football stadium. 

The developments would support the growing number of higher education students at Hereford College of Arts, NMITE, and staff education and training placements at Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member community services and assets: “It’s important that we support young people to continue their education in our county – to live here, develop their skills and their careers here. It’s exciting to work with our local partners to take forward these proposals, which will enhance their ability to attract students to our county and the experience of those who choose to study here.”

 Chris Ammonds, Chairman, Hereford FC: "It is very exciting to hear about plans to redevelop the Blackfriars End at Edgar Street as it is something that has been talked about for many years. We are pleased to be working closely with Herefordshire Council as the proposals are finalised and it is great news that there is a firm commitment to returning Edgar Street to a four-sided stadium as part of the development."

Abigail Appleton, Principal, Hereford College of Arts: “We are immensely proud of the quality of accommodation that Station Approach, developed with Herefordshire Council’s support, already offers degree students coming from across the UK to study at Hereford College of Arts and we’re delighted that the council is now exploring options to expand the provision available for higher education students studying with ourselves and our partners in the city.   Alongside distinctive, high-quality, professionally focussed programmes, there’s no doubt the availability of accommodation is an important factor in student choice, and should help attract more students to develop their skills, creativity and careers here, contributing to our city’s sustainable growth.”

James Newby, President & Chief Executive, NMITE: “We are very excited by these plans and by the prospect of working with the council and our friends at the Hereford College of Arts and Wye Valley Trust to help deliver the vision that Hereford can be a vibrant university city. These important new facilities will enable our students to live and work with their counterparts at the HCA and WVT, and to play an active role in the community. The plans will help drive economic growth, create important new educational opportunities and support local employers and communities.”

Alan Dawson, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Wye Valley NHS Trust: “The Trust has been working with partners to deliver accommodation for students for several years. Major increases in NHS students and trainees over the coming years will require accommodation in the city and the Trust is pleased to be able to continue to continue this work to deliver for the NHS workforce of the future. This development to increase student accommodation aligns well with the Trust’s proposed new Education Centre.”

Work to develop the proposals is set to be completed by the end of the year. Cabinet will then take decisions over the preferred financing model.