Cambridgeshire residents and students could live side-by-side in new ‘…

Cambridgeshire residents could find themselves living side-by-side with students if proposals for a new ‘co-living’ space in the vicinity are approved by Peterborough City Council.

Plans for the apartment block, which would be constructed in Newark Court in Dogsthorpe, include 30 bedrooms and communal rooms which developers say could be shared by students, professionals and retirees.

It would, additionally, be built within the existing shell of a residential care home which was approved in 2016 but never finished and replace a disused office building which would be demolished.

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B M Design Consultancy, the agency behind the project, say in planning documents that a co-living space could increase social interaction and combat loneliness among Peterborough residents.

The plans state: “Co-living developments offer benefits such as flexible living and social interaction, similar to student accommodation models and which helps to counteract loneliness.

“Links are often drawn between mental well-being and the increased social engagement of shared living.”

They add that its expected occupants would include “a different range of residents across a number of different age groups” and could include:

  • Students at the new Peterborough University.
  • Professionals on short term or part-time assignments in the city for example interns or consultants.
  • Retirees who want a flexible communal living ecosystem in a central location.
  • Single people saving to buy a home.

Communal spaces would include a gym, garden room, study rooms, kitchen and dining areas, lounges and terraces.

Each occupant would have their own en-suite bathroom and car parking space.

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Explaining how the existing building would be utilised to build the apartment block, B M Design said: “This co-living proposal is designed within the shell of the approved building and retains the elevations with only a few minor adjustments. The main change is the removal of the single-storey ‘leg’ of the building.”

The application was received by Peterborough City Council on January 6, 2022.

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