Hundreds more students will be heading to Horsforth as part of a new university’s plans to increase its numbers.
Leeds Trinity University, which is based in the town, wants to increase student numbers from 3,250 to 4,000 over the next ten years.
And it has told residents the influx will mean more developments on its campus.
Leeds Trinity, which was granted university status in 2012, has held a meeting with local people to discuss its future plans. The meeting was described as the first of many about community collaboration and developments on campus.
During the forum, Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret House talked about the vision for the university and its planned increase in numbers and she stressed that the community would be involved with any suggestions for future building developments.
She said: “Although we are ambitious about the university’s future and increasing our student numbers, we are looking at our options before making any decisions about developing our campus and want to engage and involve our local community in all discussions.
“This was the first of many conversations, and I look forward to working with our local community closely in the future.”
Professor House also revealed details of efforts to ensure that students are good neighbours – including the university wide ‘sssshhhh!’ campaign, which encourages students to be aware of noise and its impact upon others.
The university says it has also enlisted mentors in each of the campus halls of residence, who work with students to ensure that they consider their neighbours at all times. The public are asked to contact Sarah Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org if they want to be involved in future forums.
In 2009, ambitious plans to improve student accommodation and the appearance of the then Leeds Trinity and All Saints college campus were approved by Leeds city councillors.
The scheme, to enhance the Horsforth site with an eco-friendly split-level apartment building to replace four dated and worn-out 1960s blocks, provoked widespread concern among residents. But the college insisted it had taken their concerns on board.