University of St Andrews to showcase revised student accommodation plans

Revised plans are to be submitted for a 960-bed student accommodation development at Albany Park in St Andrews after an earlier proposal was refused by Fife Council.

The new proposal, which is expected to be submitted next month, includes 200 more beds than originally envisioned by the University of St Andrews.

Drawn up by Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson and Campus Living Villages, the new plans attempt to address flood risk concerns which saw the initial development refused by Fife Council planners.

The proposed development is the centrepiece of a £70 million investment in student accommodation to create 1,100 new bedrooms over and above the 4,000 that the University already provides.

Other changes include refurbishment of the historic Woodburn House and retention of trees on part of the site.

A public consultation event will be held on 21 August between 14:00 and 19:00 at Parliament Hall, South Street, at which representatives of the project design team, the University and the development partners will outline the new plans.

University quaestor Derek Watson said: “The development at Albany Park is key to the University’s strategy to provide more student accommodation for our students and ease the pressure on the housing stock in St Andrews.

“We welcome the comments made by Fife Council in rejecting the earlier planning application and have revised our plans to increase the number of beds by around 200 which will further improve the overall supply of accommodation in St Andrews.”

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