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Aberdeen Pub to Make Way for Student Housing

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Plans have been submitted to demolish a pub in Aberdeen to make way for student accommodation.

An application to develop the site was lodged last year but was subsequently withdrawn by the applicant.

Now a fresh set of plans have been submitted that call for the construction of 40 student beds, rather than 43 as per the initial planning application.

David Reid, who owns the Doric Pub Company, which runs the pub, was behind the plans. The decision to develop the site was taken after all attempts were made to drum up interest in the lounge.

According to Mr Reid, the proposals will help ease pressure for student accommodation close to Robert Gordon University and benefit the local community. It's also hoped the new site will be a gateway to the city.

Commenting on the latest application, chairman of Inchgarth Community Centre and Garthdee Community Council, Paul O'Connor, said: "As far as the community council goes we see no problems with this application or with the previous one.

"We didn't put in an objection to the last application and I don't see the Garthdee Community Council putting in one for this one.

"If this can help free up the local housing market then I am all for it."

It was recognised there was already a lot of HMOs in the area but dedicated student accommodation could help to reduce demand for this type of property.

A decision is expected on the application by October this year.