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Glasgow Cracks Down on Student Accommodation

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Glasgow City Council is set to roll out new guidance on the development of student accommodation to prevent dense areas of undergraduate and postgraduate flats.

After a consultation period, which attracted around 500 responses, proposals for any new student accommodation in south Patrick/Yorkhill and Townhead/Cowcaddens will not be supported by the city council.

The Glasgow Caledonian University campus was due to be part of the designated area but has since been removed. The aim is to investigate how these developments are managed and look at ways to tie this to mainstream housing.

Commenting on the policy, councillor Angus Miller said: "I want to thank officers for the work they have done in pulling this together."

"Myself and my colleagues have been promoting the need for a better deal with the over-concentration of private student accommodation in the city and that's a message we've been hearing very much from our constituents."

"It's really great to see it at the stage with a really strong set of guidelines so hopefully help deal with some of these issues that our communities have been facing and looking for action on for some time in terms of planning policy."

If the rules are approved, the policy will ensure new student housing will need to meet a minimum space standard and can be publicly accessed from the ground floor. It will also result in the introduction of mixed tenure requirements for homes over a certain development threshold and the submission of a management plan.