Plans to change former student accommodation in Hamilton into homes have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Elected members at today’s (September 5) planning committee meeting hailed the plans to refurbish old student units into 26 residential homes, calling it a ‘good news story’ for Hamilton.

Plans will now see the old University of the West of Scotland accommodation on Barrack Street being converted into 26 two-bedroom flats with associated parking. 

Councillor Richard Nelson (Larkhall), welcomed the plans, and said: “This is a great news story for Hamilton to see the former use of the building there being refurbished, and I’d be happy to grant recommendation subject to conditions.”

The University of the West of Scotland used the site until 2018 and following the relocation of their campus, the building has mostly been vacant with only intermittent use by the Salvation Army to provide homeless accommodation, The vehicular access would be retained, with the parking layout revised to provide 32 parking spaces. 

The parking provision would include two accessible spaces and provide 27 electric vehicle charging points. In addition, a bike storage area would also be provided. 

And externally, there would be minor alterations affecting the appearance of the building, this work would include the installation of replacement windows, doors, cladding and general repair work.