Plans for a new nine-storey complex to assist Belfast student housing are emerging.

Developers behind 123 York Street, close to the new Ulster University development in the city centre, are set to begin work as early as the beginning of next year on their 407-bedroom site.

The Belfast Telegraph reports it is believed those behind the scheme have also now taken on nearby buildings, 48-52 York Street, in order to develop them into even more student rooms.

And there are already early plans to demolish the building and construct a nine-storey development, with 200 bedrooms.

Credit: The Belfast Telegraph - How the York Street site will look when complete

How the York Street student site will look when complete

That initial scheme also has outline planning permission.

Work is apparently due to take around 18 months.

It said it is vital that work begins on the development by 2016, with aims of being finished by October 2017. This could be cutting it fine for the initial intake of students.

Belfast Telegraph reported no-one from the company set up to run the student accommodation scheme was available for comment.

The latest development is one of several major projects in the works, ahead of Ulster University’s move to Belfast city centre.

In May, Co Tyrone property developer McAleer and Rushe announced two student housing developments, bringing more than 1,200 new rooms to the city. They will support 300 jobs during construction.

Planning applications have been submitted for a 840-room scheme on College Avenue.

And in March the green light was given for 400 rooms of student accommodation at a former Belfast Metropolitan College building in the city centre.

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