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Scottish university proposes huge new student accommodation project

Words: Roger Milne
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The University of St Andrews has announced a fresh planning application to provide 960 student beds at Albany Park. It says this will ease the pressure on the town’s housing stock.

The new proposals would see 200 more beds than proposed in the earlier planning application. That was refused by Fife Council mainly because of flooding issues raised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The proposed development is the centrepiece of a £70 million investment in student accommodation by the university, which will create 1,100 new bedrooms over and above the 4,000 that the university already provides.

The revised proposals, due to be lodged next month, should mitigate the agency’s concerns and those raised by residents.

Under these plans Woodburn House would be retained and refurbished. A group of trees in the north-west corner of the site would also be retained, which should help to reduce the impact on the nearby conservation area.

University Quaestor Derek Watson said: “The new Albany Park will provide around 960 high-quality student beds in an attractive landscaped environment which will improve amenity in the east of the town.

“The development has the potential to revitalise the eastern area of St Andrews and we are looking forward to putting our proposals to the local community and hearing their views.”

Last October the university opened two new student halls of residence, providing 389 student beds.

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