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McClaren Group Considers Dundee Development

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Plans are considered to convert a block of existing flats into a 191-bed student accommodation complex.

McClaren Group purchased Petersen Hall student accommodation in July and is looking to convert the existing site into housing for 191 students.

Residents have previously expressed concerns about overcrowding and a lack of parking in the streets around Petersen Hall and these concerns will be compounded if the building's capacity is increased further.

It is understood that plans have not been officially lodged with Dundee City Council's planning committee although external companies have been involved in the project.

West End councillor Fraser Macpherson said he would have "very real concerns" over the nature of the proposals.

He added: "I would question the appropriateness of increasing the occupancy per flat to that extent because I am aware that some of them are really not that large."

"Were an application to come forward, I think there would be clear questions over having this adjacent to residential housing and my immediate concern would be the effect of having this number of occupants per unit."