Eyre Place Student Accommodation

Posted on: October 13, 2023

Changes are not significant in our view

Address: 72 – 74 Eyre Place Edinburgh EH3 5EL

Proposal:  Erection of student accommodation with associated amenity space, access, cycle parking, disabled car parking and landscaping.

Reference No: 23/04048/FUL

Closing date for comments: Fri 06 Oct 2023

Determination date: Fri 03 Nov 2023

Cockburn Response

The Cockburn Association objected to an earlier version of this application.  We note that the current proposal is slightly less high and has an increased footprint but these changes are not significant in our view.   We therefore reiterate our objection:

The Cockburn OBJECTS to this application.

We acknowledge that student accommodation developments can bring many benefits to local communities. However, in this relatively small, constrained site the height, size  and scale of the proposed development is entirely unacceptable.

This is a largely residential neighbourhood which is not particularly close to any academic centre. The area’s existing architectural context and residential character must inevitably be adversely impacted by a development of the proposed height, mass and scale given its proximity to established residential properties. The potential of the proposed development to adversely impact existing properties in terms of noise, overshadowing and privacy is clear.  Policy ENV6 and HOU5 seem particularly relevant to the consideration of this development.

We have  also been alerted to detailed observations and comments  which have been made by local residents concerning both this development and a related proposal for townhouses  on Eyre Place Lane. These detailed observations require full consideration by planning officers.

The lack of a fully up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of both student accommodation demand and existing or approved provision across the city is unhelpful when assessing this or similar applications for student accommodation.  In addition, the continuing loss of small industrial sites in the community, such as this development site , actively works against the achievement of the 20 Minute Neighbourhood concept being actively  promoted by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government.