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185-bed Glasgow Student Block Rejected

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Glasgow's council committee have rejected plans to build a seven-storey student accommodation block in front of the Mackintosh building on Sauchiehall Street.

The proposals were put forward by developer GRS Distribution Limited and would have resulted in a student accommodation block of between five to seven storeys being built on the site of the current Jumping Jacks nightclub.

The plans were subject to a lengthy debate, with various concerns raised over the application.

Chairwoman of the Garnethill, Jane Sutherland, argued that the development would block light and doubted the accommodation would bring any significant benefits to Garnethill.

Meanwhile SNP councillor Angus Millar, said of the application: "The proposed development would have an unacceptable impact on local residents and would be deeply detrimental to the heritage of the area, particularly of the world-renown Mackintosh building."

Other committee members raised concerns over the number of student accommodation plans already in place for the city, and questioned whether the development could be reduced in height.

However, developers suggested the site would create 64 jobs but added if the development was reduced in height it may make it commercially unviable.

In total 12 out of the 19 councillors voted to refused the application.