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College bids to put up all its students
AN OXFORD college is hoping to build a five-storey building in an historic part of the city.
Mansfield College officials say construction of the building on Love Lane – a footpath off South Parks Road – would allow it to accommodate all its students on site rather than in private rented housing.
The college has submitted a planning application to Oxford City Council to try to get the 78-room scheme approved O The accommodation would be a saving for cash-strapped students, letting them avoid the higher rentals in the private market.
College bursar Allan Dodd said: “Mansfield College is both one of the smallest of the Oxford colleges and one of the least well-endowed.
“Other than seeking to achieve a small increase in graduate numbers to about 60, the college seeks to remain at around its current size.
“Mansfield is now one of a minority of Oxford colleges which does not offer college-owned accommodation to all or a significant majority of its undergraduate students.
“Currently only two-thirds of its undergraduate numbers can be housed in college-owned accommodation. “The proposed new Love Lane building would allow the college to offer college-owned accommodation to all three undergraduate years, with all first and third-year students living onsite, thereby removing them from the high-demand private rental market.”
Mansfield currently has 210 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students.
The new building has been designed by Rick Mather Architects, the firm which redeveloped the Ashmolean Museum.
Huw Jones, director for environment and economy at Oxfordshire County Council, also raised no objections and said: “No additional car parking is proposed and it is understood that the construction of this building would remove or reduce the number of parking spaces, which is welcomed.
“There must be additional cycle parking on the site and there should be full provision of 78.”
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