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No Parking Proposed for 463-bed Student Accommodation Block in Aberdeen

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A new student housing development in Aberdeen city centre will not include a provision for car parking despite being able to accommodation more than 400 students.

In depth plans have now been submitted to Aberdeen City Council for the Atholl House site situated on Guild Street.

Included in the plans is the proposed demolition of the existing site, which will make way for a 463-bed student accommodation block as well as a 192-room hotel and a public square.

Controversially though there are no plans to include a car park and it's understood that no permits will be granted to students living in the accommodation, in an attempt to deter them from parking on roads nearby.

Outlined in a statement sent to the local authority, planners on behalf of Atholl Square Developments said, "while there are parking restrictions on the surrounding road network, with parking not permitted on Guild Street, Bridge Street or Wapping Street, there are a number of public car parking opportunities, both on-street and off-street, in the Merchant area of the city centre where the development site is situated".

In addition, it was said that "as a no parking development, students would not be entitled to resident parking permits for surrounding streets." As a result, it's anticipated the development would not increase parking pressure on the surrounding streets.