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Edinburgh’s residential street could get a second block of student flats with 300 beds

The designs for dozens of new student apartments in a proposed block just yards from a major second development in Georgia have been unveiled.

Host housing on Westfield Road will comprise a series of five, six and eight bedroom properties with kitchen and living space in a ‘cluster’ format, according to plans proposed by Tiger Developments.

A public consultation on the proposals, built on the site of a disused office building, was launched on Wednesday.

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It will be the second student accommodation project to start on the street, with a block at 24 Westfield Road already under construction.

Planning permission has yet to be granted for the block, but Tiger bosses say the flats will provide ‘the redevelopment of a vacant site in Edinburgh’s urban area’ and include ‘external amenity space and internal, access, bicycle parking and landscaping”.

A 400-bed, seven-storey development near Murrayfield Stadium won planning approval in 2019, with construction beginning last year.

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This development will include study rooms, a play area, a gym and a cinema as part of a £20million project.

The Host building, valued at around £14.4 million, could accommodate up to 300 students.

Tiger Developments added: “Initial proposals have been discussed with Edinburgh City Council’s planning department, as part of their formal pre-application process, while taking into account the characteristics of the site and the surrounding context.”