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Appeal: 425-bed student block would have ‘oppressive relationship’ with existing buildings

A reporter has refused plans to demolish a BT engineering depot in Aberdeen and replace it with a block of 425 student flats and 80 apartments after finding that the new building would overshadow existing buildings and make them ‘substantially gloomy’.

The site, set in 1.76 hectares of central Aberdeen, is currently occupied by a former BT engineering depot and associated car park, which is now vacant. The proposal, submitted in outline, would demolish this building and replace it with four, four-storey blocks, containing bed space for 425 students and 80 residential apartments with 25 per cent affordable housing provision.

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