Student housing ultimatum

THE University of Tasmania wants planning approval for its $20 million student housing project in Inveresk by January or it will look elsewhere for a site.
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It has yet to lodge a development application with the Launceston City Council, which shuts down for two weeks over Christmas.

Yet the university wants aldermen to give in-principle support for the 120-unit development by Monday so it can issue design and construction tenders to meet tight funding deadlines.

It said the cost of building accommodation at Inveresk was more expensive than at “any other site available to the university”.

It has set down conditions aldermen must agree to by the end of the month to net the university project.

These include the ownership of required land being transferred to the university.

It also wants title over council-owned university facilities including the school of visual arts and performance, the school of architecture and design, the Fine Furniture building and the Powerhouse, which houses Blue Cafe.

The university has asked the land be sold to it for nominal prices only.

In a letter to the council, the university said it had played a large role in the development of the Inveresk precinct and it wanted to be involved in any future planning of the area.

The university said it wanted to grow its presence in the precinct and did not feel commercial development of the area was in line with this.

“One of the key debates for the university has been whether to consolidate its position at its Inveresk campus through further funding investment or exit the site and consolidate at Newnham,” the university’s Jacinta Young said.

“It is very important that the university is seen as a foundation occupant at Inveresk, with rights for consultation for any future development of the site.”

She said the university was looking to invest in sports and allied health facilities in the North and having them located near Aurora Stadium would be an advantage.

Council staff have recommended aldermen, who vote on Monday, to accept the university’s conditions subject to its own conditions.

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