Plans approved for new Edinburgh student accommodation

PLANNING permission has been granted for a new student accommodation complex on Edinburgh’s Montrose Terrace.

The application was made by property developer Glencairn Properties and has been given the green light, subject to conditional cycle parking provision, by Edinburgh City Council.

The proposals are said to introduce a ‘characterful building’ designed to ‘complete’ the original plans for the street set out in the 1800s.

The accommodation will comprise around 141 student units in a mix of clusters and studios, together with common areas, a laundry, gym, cycle parking and underground bin stores.

Daryl Teague, MD at Glencairn Properties said, “We’re thrilled our application has been approved and the strong community support we received for it. These proposals will redevelop a vital location in the heart of the capital and help to tackle Edinburgh’s growing student accommodation without removing available properties from housing stock.

“We believe that these proposals are in line with City of Edinburgh Council’s stated aim to deliver purpose-built student accommodation throughout the city, reducing pressure on mainstream housing stock. Montrose Terrace not only makes use of a derelict site but offers a realistic use for the location without placing additional parking or access issues on the immediate community.

“The plans represent the conclusion of a collaborative discussion about how best to make this site work. Glencairn consulted widely with stakeholders and the community to ensure this site represented the kind of forwarded momentum the city-centre needs.”