Plans aiming to avoid over-concentration of student accommodation

PLANS have been unveiled, seeking to avoid an over-concentration of student accommodation in Glasgow.

Says an announcement issued by Glasgow City Council (here): “The plan now incorporates revisions made following public consultation on the ‘Meeting Housing Needs’ section of supplementary guidance on student accommodation in the city. 

“The consultation occurred between November 2020 – January 2021, and the responses saw 500 comments considered.”

The announcement continues: “The consultation focused on the following themes: new locational criteria to assess a potential over-concentration of student accommodation in a particular area; the introduction of two new areas (South Partick / Yorkhill and Cowcaddens / Townhead) where student accommodation will not be supported; updated design criteria including a requirement for publically-accessible ground floor uses; the introduction of a mixed-tenure requirement for developments over a certain development site threshold; the introduction of new guidance relating to a statement of need; a requirement for minimum space standards; and submission of a management plan.  

“The key changes made to the guidance following the consultation include: the guiding principle that no one area has limitless capacity to absorb student accommodation; the reinforced importance of considering built heritage in the design process; a mixed-tenure requirement is now expected in all sites over 0.3 hectares outwith the city centre and 0.2 hectares in the city centre.”

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