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Glasgow Student Scheme Set for Approval

Posted by Richard Ward

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Plans to build student housing in the centre of Glasgow have been met with strong criticism from residents.

The trustees of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and city based Iceni Projects have proposed a new student accommodation block in Dunblane Street with up to 286 bedrooms.

The proposals call for the demolition of the former warehouse in Dunblane Street, which has been used for off street parking for more than a decade and replacing it with purpose-built student accommodation.

However, in total there were 56 objections from locals who are concerned about the planned development. In particular, there are fears about anti-social behaviour and the noise of students rehearsing on musical instruments.

In addition, concerns were raised over the density of the development, its height, design and visual impact on nearby listed buildings.

Plans to build student accommodation were previously approved in 2000 but work never started and as a result the planning permission expired.

Planners say the new scheme will result in a high-quality building which is sympathetic to local traditions.

A report to councillors said: "This site is very close to Glasgow Caledonian University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is in relatively close proximity to Strathclyde University and is therefore considered an appropriate location for purpose built student accommodation."

Planners also dismissed concerns regarding anti-social behaviour indicating the management of the premises must be to agreed standards, which can be enforced by the council.

Despite objections from residents the planning applications committee has recommended the application is granted permission, subjected to conditions.