Green light for student-led residential development in Edinburgh
An application for planning permission for a student accommodation development has been approved today by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Located on London Road, the 198-bed development being undertaken by property developer Summix Capital Ltd will serve to redevelop a site recently in commercial retail use, as well as providing much-needed purpose-built student accommodation.
Situated opposite Meadowbank Stadium, this mixed-use building will be a contemporary state of the art development comprising a mix of clusters and studios together with a community/office space, student common areas, a laundry, cycle parking and underground bin stores.
On completion, Edinburgh-based charity People Know How will locate its headquarters on the ground floor of the building, closer to the communities in which they operate. The charity supports children, young people and their families in north-east Edinburgh transition from primary to high school; helps individuals access the digital world and assists communities to shape their areas through community consultation and empowerment.
A large number of students volunteer to work with the charity and this enables a positive relationship with students in the building to be established, supporting it in its work, which will also benefit them and engage them in the local area.
The site is not within a Conservation Area or within the boundary of the UNESCO World Heritage site and is in an area within which there is a considerable volume of mixed-use development proposed, complementing the established residential areas nearby.
Given the high sustainability of the location, only four parking spaces will be delivered, two accessible spaces and two to accommodate cars for the for the City Car Club, now known as Enterprise Car Club.
A high focus on cycling is a key part of the proposal, with one to one cycling storage provided on-site in a covered and secure location totalling 198 bicycle spaces. There will also be Sheffield racks available for visitors and staff, giving a total of 208 bicycle spaces.
Energy efficient design will enhance the sustainability of the development, and water consuming systems will offer considerable reductions in water use compared to baseline technologies, including low flush toilets and low flow taps and showers.
The development will deliver an estimated £15 million of investment in its construction and will also bring significant vitality, economic and social benefits to this part of Meadowbank, estimated to generate 85 jobs through the construction period.
Architects 3DReid worked on the scheme and the planning consultants were Turley.
A spokesperson for Summix Capital Ltd said: “We are delighted to have received approval of our application at committee today. This high-quality student accommodation proposal will serve to redevelop a location in previous commercial and industrial use.
“Positive interaction with the community during the design and planning process informed the scheme’s final form and successful engagement with council officers has enabled the project to evolve into a successful and sustainable scheme.
“Given the high sustainability of the location there is no requirement for car parking spaces beyond those for the City Car club and disabled spaces, and we are ensuring that there is excellent provision of bicycle spaces.
“The development also serves to address the increasing demand for student accommodation, fulfilling the ambitious growth plans of universities in the city, which are key drivers of the economy. This also helps to reduce pressure on the private housing market as well as delivering a substantial amount in additional expenditure into the local economy.”
Glenn Liddall, chief executive of People Know How, added: “Having worked closely with the developer over the last few months on this we were pleased to see this scheme gain planning approval, allowing us to take up occupancy and serve the local community, enabling us to grow.”