Glasgow student accommodation orientation approved by the board
A new plan to guide student accommodation in Glasgow has been approved by Glasgow City Council.
The plan now incorporates revisions made following a public consultation on the “Meeting Housing Needs” section of the additional guidance on student housing in the city.
The consultation took place between November 2020 and January 2021, and responses saw 500 comments taken into account.
The consultation focused on the following topics: new location criteria to assess a possible 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 publicly accessible ground floor uses; the introduction of a mixed tenure requirement for developments above a certain development site threshold; the introduction of new directives relating to a declaration of need; a requirement for minimum space standards; and submission of a management plan.
Key policy changes as a result of the consultation include: the guiding principle that no area has unlimited capacity to absorb student accommodation; the increased importance of taking built heritage into account in the design process; a requirement for diversity is now expected on all sites of more than 0.3 hectares outside the city center and 0.2 hectares in the city center.
Councilor Kenny McLean, Head of Neighborhood, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The new planning guidelines for student housing will end over-concentration in certain areas of the city and improve the quality of design.
“While student accommodation is essential in attracting and sustaining a key part of Glasgow’s social and economic life, this more balanced approach to future development and provision will benefit our student body and the city at large. “