Erection of purpose-built student accommodation – Willowbrae

Posted on: December 13, 2023

We see no reason why the approved residential development should not be progressed

Address:  229 Willowbrae Road Edinburgh EH8 7ND

Proposal: Erection of purpose-built student accommodation with commercial space at ground level, associated amenity space, access, landscaping and cycle parking.

Reference No: 23/06949/FUL 

Closing date for comments: Tue 26 Dec 2023

Determination date: Fri 02 Feb 2024

Result: Pending

Cockburn Response

We do not support his application.

We note that an application for residential apartments , including affordable  apartments, has already been approved for this site.  We see no reason why the approved development should not be progressed.  The approved development would offer a range of residential types, including affordable housing, which are entirely suitable for the site and location and would support the need for more residential accommodation in Edinburgh outlined in the recently declared ‘Housing Emergency’.

This proposal appears to be part of an ongoing trend to substitute approved residential developments with student accommodation of a broadly similar design to that already approved.