City Council planners have recommended approval of an application submitted by Aberdeen based Aurora Planning Limited on behalf of Canadian company Carttera Private Equities Limited for 299 private rented sector flats at the Hill of Rubislaw. The application includes a new heritage bistro that will celebrate the history of Rubislaw Quarry, as well as a public walkway which will allow access, for the first time, to one of Aberdeen’s best known but most hidden assets, both welcomed by the planners.
Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Government have accorded priority to the delivery of more new housing, both to support sustainable economic growth and to improve quality of life for residents. The Scottish Government has also specifically highlighted the potential for the private rented sector to complement existing housing models and increase the overall housing delivery rate. Particular benefits of private rented sector housing cited by the Scottish Government are:
- supporting key economic sectors (particularly in cities);
- enhancing the attractiveness of Scotland for new and different developers and long-term investors;
- supporting labour market mobility;
- encouraging high quality design (because of the long term interests of owners in the management and maintenance of the buildings); and
- rapidly creating a sense of place (due to speed of delivery).
The report to the Council’s Planning Development Management Committee highlights the importance of having a range of rental options available in the city and recognises that the proposed introduction of a significant number of build-to-rent flats would contribute towards increasing those options.
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