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Proposed Student Flats in Glasgow Rejected Again

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Plans to build student flats next to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's world-renowned Glasgow School of Art have been rejected.

Glasgow City Council received dozens of objections regarding the impact the development would have on the A Listed Mackintosh building as well as harming the city's reputation as a tourist destination.

Those against the scheme also argued the proposed seven-storey building would restrict daylight and obscure much of the Mackintosh building's south facade.

In April last year, the council's planning committee unexpectedly refused to back the plan, even though its own officers recommended its approval. Developers subsequently appealed to the government in an attempt to force the application through.

However, a Scottish government reporter concluded the development did not respect, preserve or enhance the historic environment and it did not fit in with the overall development plan.

The proposals had called for the demolition of the former Jump Jak's nightclub, which would have been replaced by a 181-bed student accommodation development equipped with study rooms, a cinema, and roof gardens.