At our meeting on Monday 11th September, a large number of residents attended to voice their concern and objection to the Pentland House planning application. The application requests a change of use from office building to student housing.
As a statutory body the Community Council can lodge a response on behalf of the community.
Following our monthly meeting the Community Council took the decision to formally object to the application on behalf of the local community. The objection is noted below.
At a meeting of the Hutchison Chesser Community Council it was decided to submit an objection to the proposed development of Pentland House into 337 student flats for the following reasons: –
- At the HCCC meeting on 11 September a number of residents attended who were very concerned about the change in use and its impact in the area. However, it was also emphasised that many of the local residents are very elderly, without online access, and who found it difficult to get information about the proposal or to submit their views.
- Residents fear the impact on residential amenity given the close proximity of a young and short term population with a settled population of families with children and older people: impacts include noise in the neighbourhood, especially late at night.
- Residents are concerned about traffic impact and impact on adjacent on-street parking, given that only limited parking is provided on-site
- The proposal is contrary to the council’s student guidance (2016) which seeks to ensure that developments of this scale are mixed-use
It is the wish of HCCC that this objection is lodged and is taken into serious account in coming to a recommendation and in the committee deliberations
Hutchison Chesser Community Council