Plans for Edinburgh student accommodation site extended with new block of flats

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Plans have been submitted for a new block of student flats in Edinburgh with office space at ground floor level.

If successful, the block will add to the existing 270 student beds which were unveiled near Murano Place in 2016. Unite Group Plc, which owns the development, is behind new proposals to expand the site.

It is proposing a building consisting of 12 studio flats and ground floor space for a reception area. In 2011 permission was granted for the existing student housing development which consists of 272 flats adjacent to Albert Street in Leith.

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Planning permission for a similar proposal was previously approved by the council under a separate application with permission obtained by the previous owners, Ziggurat, but has since expired.

The 12 proposed beds would be arranged over four floors in addition to the ground floor with three studio flats on each floor. Externally, land to the rear of the building is proposed comprising a "comprehensive landscaping proposal" of trees, lower level planting and external seating.

All 12 apartments would include individual kitchenettes and an en suite bathroom, bringing a mix of "up to date high quality accommodation to Murano."

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Additional cycle storage provision is also included in the plans to accommodate the development in the form of 14 spaces within a secure and covered cycle shelter.

A planning statement on behalf of the applicant states: "The proposed extension has been carefully designed to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding area and ensure the same high quality materials are used as the existing development.

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"The materials used will continue to respect the nearby conservation area and surrounding townscape. The proposals and materials used are described in greater detail in the supporting Design and Access Statement."

Members of the public can view and comment on the proposals via the council's online planning portal here