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More than 500 Student Beds Planned for Glasgow

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Plans have been submitted to Glasgow councillors which outline one of the biggest city centre developments in a generation.

The scheme consists of nearly 1,200 private flats and student beds, which would replace the current derelict plot left after the closure of Goldberg's department store in 1990. The site was subsequently purchased by Selfridges, but they abandoned their plans and sold the site nearly three years ago.

If approved it's expected the project will take around five years to complete and would include 132 high quality apartments, 435 new flats and 586 student rooms, as well as a hotel and retail space.

According to developers the scheme would provide "increased diversity and vitality" to the City Centre and would represent the biggest city centre development since the Buchanan Galleries in the 1990's.

The application is the latest being used to promote student accommodation as a key method to regenerate the city's thoroughfares.

Developers Candleriggs Ltd have already secured permission for a smaller development on the site and recently bought several properties holding up the plans.

The application states: "Given the economic climate over the past decade and lack of interest in a large scale retail scheme, Selfridges did not take forward the store. In its place, the brownfield site offers an important opportunity upon which to complement the wider mixed use regeneration that has been evidenced in the Merchant City over recent years.

"The overall consented development, of which the infill sites will complement, for residential, PRS, student accommodation, hotel and retail and commercial uses, will reconnect and revitalise this important block within Glasgow."