Residential and PBSA Student Development – Salamander Street

Posted on: December 13, 2023

We also consider that the location is too remote from any educational campus

Address:  52 – 66 Salamander Street Edinburgh EH6 7LA

Proposal: Demolition of the existing building and erection of mixed-use development including residential development (build to rent) and purpose-built student accommodation development with commercial / retail floorspace etc

Reference No: 23/06745/FUL

Closing date for comments: Thu 07 Dec 2023

Determination date: Fri 08 Mar 2024

Result: Pending

Cockburn Response

We recognize that design team have made significant changes to earlier iterations of the design proposed for this site in consultation with city planners.

However, we remain unconvinced that this scheme does not have the potential to negatively impact  on the amenity of existing neighbours  while adding only limited additional amenity benefits to the surrounding area.

We also consider that the location is too remote from any educational campus, particularly in the context of the recently declared ‘Housing Emergency’ and given the local demand for permanent residential housing.

Specific consideration should be given to the current concentration of existing or approved student developments in the  area,  to the balance of of PBSA and non-PBSA accommodation in the proposed development, to the undesirable prevalence of studio flats in the design and to the the lack of accessible accommodation, and accessible parking  in the design.