Lutton Court submission: student accomdation plans could lead to excessive concentration of students

Last week I made my submission on the plans to erect student accommodation at Lutton Court.  In my submission I called on city planners to reject the proposals which would increase the student population in the area to more than double the recommended amount.

In October Buile Developments Limited submitted formal plans to demolish the former Lutton Court Gall & Inglis printworks building, and construct student accommodation for 240 students. With reference to statistics obtained from the 2011 census, my submission detailed that the current student population in the area is 49%. The addition 240 of further students will result in the student population increasing from 194 to 434, or 68% of all residents. This would be well above the City of Edinburgh Council’s policy on student accommodation requires planners to ensure that accommodation for students is limited to 30% of housing provision in one particular area.

Students contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of the Southside but constituents – including students living nearby – are concerned this proposal will lead to a too high a concentration.

The Council’s own planning policies acknowledge that it is not the existence of students which is problematic; nonetheless an excessive presence can place undue pressure on existing residents and community relations. The student population is highly transient and can lead to less stable communities.  Edinburgh has flourished having a strong community of permanent residents in its centre and I want this to continue. There are many other uses for this site, such as affordable housing which is in such short supply.

You can read my submission here: Lutton Court submission


Save our Stations

Kezia Dugdale MSP and I are backing the Edinburgh Evening News Save our Stations campaign in response to the news that Police Scotland intends to close eight police station front desks across Edinburgh, after Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill MSP ordered a review of public counter provision.  To sign the Evening News petition against the plance, follow the instructions at or print and complete this petition form:

In Edinburgh East operations at Craigmillar are due to be transferred to the new East Neighbourhood Centre and there are proposals to cut the opening hours at Portobello. Kezia is formulating a response to the review and she is seeking your comments on the plans via a survey which you can complete here:

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