New law hopes to end 'studentification' of towns

A new law which is to be proposed could end the so-called "studentification" of some towns, in news that may be of interest to solicitors.

The new plans are designed to disperse the student population in certain places and reduce "clustering" of student housing - which leaves areas empty during university vacations, it has been claimed.

Caroline Flint, the housing and planning minister, will publish a report today, says the Guardian, which will suggest ideas to make the changes which are likely to be put to parliament in a green paper later this year.

The number of students in the UK has risen to almost 2.5 million recently, the paper says, which has seen a lot of residents priced out of the low-cost housing market and schools and churches closed due to being under-used.

In Belfast, a lot of students from Queens University live within a mile of campus and account for more than 50 per cent of all households in the area.

In related news, the Birmingham Post reported earlier this month that Birmingham is to brand itself as the UK's "university city".

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