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Consultation on Glasgow Student Accommodation to Begin

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An eight-week consultation on the revision of student accommodation in Glasgow is to be launched across the city.

A revised supplementary guidance on student accommodation was presented to the neighbourhoods committee this week.

The aim of the guidance is to create better quality accommodation and improve integration between new students and existing communities.

There is already a high concentration of student beds in areas such as South Patrick/Yorkhill, around Glasgow University and Townhead, east of Glasgow Caledonian University and North of Strathclyde.

The local authority is concerned that further development in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) would undermine residential amenity in these areas and will therefore resist further applications in these areas.

Instead the council is looking to repopulate other areas of the city and is inviting applications for PBSA to achieve this.

Commenting on the plan, Councillor Kenny McLean said: "Glasgow is home to a huge, vibrant student population, who have a key role in the current and future social and economic life of the city."

"So it is important that purpose-built student accommodation integrates with the community it is located in, and is designed and built to be of sufficient size and standard."

"The forthcoming consultation on policy around student accommodation in Glasgow will allow student bodies, universities and colleges, community groups and other interested parties the chance to make their views known."