The former Blackdale school site lies between Blackdale Plantation and Bluebell road and is 0.89ha in size.
The site was allocated in the previous local plan (R40) on a larger boundary and benefits from a partly implemented planning permission for a 915-bed student accommodation development; the first 514-bed phase of which (Hickling House and Barton House) is complete. Should the second consented phase not proceed, development of a similar scale and form is appropriate in this location. The woodland setting and existing landscape features should be retained and enhanced where appropriate. This includes Blackdale Plantation, the specimen trees occurring within the grounds, the boundary hedgerows and Cow Drive. Any changes to these areas will need to be informed by an arboriculture and landscape assessment. The consented second phase of the scheme is already included within the housing commitment calculation. The site is likely to accommodate around 400 student bedrooms, (equivalent to 160 homes).