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Aberdeen Student Development Turned Down

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Plans to build a substantial block of student accommodation on Froghall Terrace, Aberdeen, have been rejected by the city council's planning committee.

The application was original rejected in September last year, resulting in developers submitting an appeal in attempt to overturn the decision. However, this has also now been turned down.

The proposals had called for the construction of 80 residential apartments alongside accommodation for 425 students.

The application came up against stiff opposition from local residents, who argued the plans represented an "overdevelopment" which would lead to a shortage of parking spaces.

Councillor Michael Hutchison welcomed the decision, commenting: "This is a fantastic victory for those from the local community who have campaigned against these plans for 18 months.

"The local residents and community council who have objected to this were clear from the start that this application would have had an unacceptable detrimental impact on the amenity of their neighbourhood."

A report compiled by the Scottish Government suggested the student accommodation and its proposed height and proximity to site boundaries would have an "unacceptably harmful effect" on the local area.

They also concluded the development would likely have a detrimental impact to on street parking in the vicinity, which in turn would adversely affect the operation of the highway network.

The developers will now review the decision before deciding how to proceed.