Approval secured for 141 Abbeyhill student flats
June 3 2020
Glencairn Properties and Susan Stephen Architects have secured planning approval to proceed with the delivery of 141 student flats at Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh - subject to a detailed specification of external materials, a full landscape plan and details of an exclusion zone to safeguard trees.
Situated on the junction with West Norton Place the stated aim of the project is to complete the street under plans first laid out in the 1800s.
Presently langusihing as brownfield land following closure of a petrol station in 2011 the site requires significant remediation to remove contamination associated with a fuel leak.
Daryl Teague, Glencairn Properties MD, said: “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."
In a statement, the city's development management sub-committee wrote: "Purpose-built student accommodation is acceptable in principle in this location. The application site is well served by public transport and the development will not result in an excessive concentration of student accommodation to the detriment of maintaining a balanced community.
"The proposal is of a suitable design, scale, form, massing and density and an appropriate balance has been achieved between retaining reasonable levels of amenity for neighbouring properties and ensuring the development is compatible with the character and appearance of the townscape."
The development will be finished predominantly in natural stone panelling with zinc cladding and glazed curtain walling to the upper floor.
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