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Riverside community councillors criticise new accommodation plans

Representatives at Riverside Community Council have complained about University plans to build new luxury student accommodation at Forthside.

The council’s planning spokeswoman, Isabella Gorska, said that the proposed two-building complex of up to eight storeys – set to house over 200 students – “would be better placed at University campus which has acres of vacant space better suited.”

The official objection to the proposals, lodged by the community council, said the area had reached “saturation point” and that the plans were an example of “stack it as high as you can… and make as much money as you can.”

Community councillors also criticised the lack of parking provision – particularly disabled parking – and the lack of a full-time concierge service.

Gorska added that residents near the proposed site on the corner of Shore Road and Forthside Way had also expressed concern, regarding prior experience with student neighbours, saying:

They are already disrupted by residents returning home from nightclubs and attempting to gain access to the wrong flats while under the influence.”

One couple living in the area claimed to have had two “drugged-up and naked students” attempting to get into their property early last year.

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                  Clubbers at Dusk in Stirling                                    Credit: byfarthebestofscotland.com

The land for the site, once owned by Stirling Council, was bought by London-based firm Empiric Student Property.

They are planning to build between 170 and 180 flats, of one to three rooms, with a private cinema, gym and games room also earmarked for the complex.

Stirling Council said they have received four objections to the proposals so far.

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