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Aberdeen Development Narrowly Approved

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Plans for a student housing development in Aberdeen's city centre have been narrowly approved by the council planning committee, despite the proposals receiving objections from the local community.

Councillors voted in favour to demolish the former car parts garage on 455 George Street and replace it with a five-storey student accommodation block consisting of 121 studio flats and a rooftop garden.

Locals had raised concerns that the building would over shadow neighbouring flats due to its height and there was a lack of allocated parking. Some also feared it would lead to all-night student parties.

Despite the issues raised, officers recommended the development for approval citing a number of extra conditions for developers including the provision of cycle storage and landscaping work.

A report to the committee said: "The redevelopment of the site for student accommodation is considered to be a suitable use compatible with neighbouring land uses and is designed, sited and serviced in a way that would maintain the amenity of the surrounding area."

The evenly split panel had to rely on the convener's casting vote after they voted eight-eight on the development.

Councillors were particularly concerned over the lack of car parking space, with only two included within the proposals. However convener Ramsay Milne decided to approve the development arguing the area was well serviced by transport links meaning students would not require cars.