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Affordable accommodation for staff and postgraduate students planned

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The University of St Andrews is to move ahead with plans to build new, affordable housing for its staff and postgraduate students on the eastern edge of St Andrews.

A Pre-Application Notice has been submitted to Fife Council for a 64-home development on the five-acre site known as The Grange, which is currently farm land owned by the University.

The proposal is for two and three-bedroom homes which would be offered to postgraduate students, junior staff and other staff on short-term contracts at mid-market rentals.

St Andrews is one of the most pressured housing areas in Scotland and recent studies by Fife Council, the University and the St Andrews Town Commission on Housing have recommended that efforts should be made to provide more student accommodation, and more affordable housing for early career staff and postgraduate students with families.

In March this year, the University confirmed it was to invest £70 million in new student residences and refurbishment to provide an additional 900 student beds across St Andrews.

In tandem with this major investment in student housing, it’s hoped the proposed development at The Grange will help take some of the heat out of the housing market in central St Andrews.

A public consultation on the proposals will take place in October 2016.


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