University of Cumbria confirms 'preferred option' for housing

University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus Image copyright University of Cumbria
Image caption The university's Ambleside campus welcomed about 100 students when it reopened in September

University chiefs have confirmed their preferred option for new student accommodation.

The University of Cumbria is upgrading its Ambleside site having reopened it in September after three years.

Following consultation, it has proposed both the plot south-west of Rydal Road and the plot west of cottages on the main campus site.

A planning application will be submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority in September.

The scheme would provide accommodation for 140 students.

Chief operating officer Janet Whitworth said: "The university is competing in an increasingly competitive higher education market and must provide accommodation which meets the high expectation of fee-paying students."

The university plans to raise revenue by using the campus as a conference centre during holiday periods.

It closed in 2010 as a result of financial difficulties.

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