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Councillors Call for Glasgow Student Accommodation Review

Posted by Richard Ward

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According to Sandra White, Kelvin SNP MSP, student accommodation developments are preventing the construction of social housing in Glasgow.

It was suggested housing associations were being priced out of the development market, with investors taking up plots to build purpose-built student accommodation for the international student market.

Councillors in Glasgow are now calling for a fresh review into the provision of student housing in the city.

Developments located in the West End and city centre have faced opposition from locals and there are concerns communities are being dominated by large blocks.

Councillors on the neighbourhoods and housing committee said a report prepared by property agents Savills did not provide the information required to inform future decisions.
Ms White indicates that 75% of the blocks were in her constituency, adding: "There are absolutely swamping the area. Housing associations are desperate to build but all the land has been bought up by developers. they are then priced out of the market to be able to build decent social housing for families. This is skewing the whole area."

Although the report by Savills supported the development of PBSA, some see these schemes as being built at the expense of traditional communities. The latest development causing controversy calls for the demolition of the city's oldest pub, The Old College Bar, which could make way for 400 student beds.