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Byline: BEN TURNER

A pounds 45m eco-friendly student halls of residence is set to open in Liverpool city centre within two years.

The 700-place Liverpool university development would be among the greenest in the country.

If it gets planning permission, the "Eco Residences" project will be built on the car park of the university's Management School, in Chatham Street, by the junction with Myrtle Street.

It will have en-suite bedrooms, a 250-seat restaurant, cafe bar and shops.

Its "cutting edge" features will include turf-like, matted green roofs laced with heather, intended to attract wildlife such as nesting birds and bats.

The building will also collect rainwater to flush toilets and have the ability to heat itself through solar-powered water heating.

The project will be run as a " public private partnership" but university officials refused to expand further because details are "still under discussion".

If planners back the application, building work could start as soon as November.

In April, the ECHO revealed how the university was considering selling its Carnatic Halls, in Mossley Hill, along with Derby and Rathbone and Roscoe and Gladstone, near Greenbank Park.

Today, the university insisted the new development would "complement" rather than replace current lodgings.

But deputy council opposition leader and former Liverpool student Cllr Paul Brant attacked the plan. He said: "Continuing to suck students out of the suburbs will have a negative effect.

"The reason I chose to go to this university was I wanted to live in a real city, not a student ghetto."

But a university spokesman insisted the scheme would "ensure the student experience offered at Liverpool is first-rate" and students themselves wanted campus accommodation.

She added: "The residences will be at the cutting edge of sustainable design."

Read More Read Ben Turner's education blog at blogs.liverpool echo.co.uk/ schoolassembly

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