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Living Rent Object to Edinburgh Scheme

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Members of Living Rent and local residents have protested against the proposed conversion of the old Tynecastle School into purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Living Rent argued that local residents want to see more affordable housing, green space and community space on the site of the historic building, rather than the construction of 500 student flats.

The group added that the Sighthill-Gorgie ward already contains the fourth-highest number of student beds in the city.

Ana Garcia, a Living Rent member, said of the scheme: "live just a few metres away from the old Tynecastle High School, and was very disappointed to find out that the proposal was for yet another massive student housing complex, without any plans to increase communal green spaces."

"In recent years we've seen a great number of PBSAs proliferating in the area, while more and more young people and families are being priced out of Gorgie. My neighbours and I worry that the proposal will drastically change the character of the street and the wider community. We would much prefer to see more affordable housing built in Gorgie."

Developers S1 countered, arguing the redevelopment of the school will develop a site that has been vacant for over a decade. They also suggested that student accommodation, with quality communal and social space in the middle of the development, will provide a more appropriate use than private accommodation.