2023 so-far: BTR developments with plans approved

A round up of H1 2023 Build to Rent developments across the UK that have had planning applications approved.

Placefirst's Welsh Streets Build to Rent development | BTR News
Placefirst's Welsh Streets Build to Rent development.

Kirkstall Road

Earlier in the year, Glenbrook received planning consent for its £140m Kirkstall Road development in Leeds. Located on the bank of River Aire, the site provides a significant brownfield regeneration opportunity in a highly sustainable location on the western fringe in the city centre.

The scheme will deliver 618 new Build to Rent apartments set across five buildings, with extensive green space forming the centrepiece of the scheme. Over half of the 5.1-acre site will be dedicated to high quality public open space, which includes a new riverside park. The new public open spaces and the proposed pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will allow access to the waterfront – promoting activity and engagement across the community.

Cow Green

Placefirst secured planning permission from Calderdale Council for its £21m Cow Green Build to Rent scheme in Halifax town centre on the site of a former multi-storey car park. The new development is set to deliver 122 sustainable homes in a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Cow Green will be Placefirst’s most sustainable project to date in line with the company’s net zero goals. The building will be thermally efficient and bolstered by photovoltaic panels, air source heat pumps and wastewater heat recovery. Cow Green will also feature electric vehicle charging and an electric car club for residents.

The Welsh Streets

This year, Placefirst has also secured planning permission after working closely with Liverpool City Council for the sixth and final phase of its single-family Build to Rent neighbourhood The Welsh Streets in Liverpool. This comes shortly after The Welsh Streets was named as Housing Development of the Year at the Insider North-West Residential Property Awards in January.  

The final phase of the development will deliver a terrace of 13 new homes as three-bedroom family homes and apartments. Three of the properties will be designed to be fully wheelchair accessible and the scheme will also include a new community hub where Placefirst’s dedicated resident services manager will be based.

Sweet Street

PLATFORM_ has secured planning approval from Leeds City Council’s planning committee to create a 1.3 million sq ft mixed-use quarter on Sweet Street West. The site is in the South Bank regeneration area which is extending the city centre to the south.

The Sweet Street development is set to deliver 1,350 homes in a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom Build to Rent apartments in a range of finishes. Amenities include a gym, residents’ lounges, dedicated co-working space, private dining suite, extensive outdoor space and roof terraces incorporating outdoor exercise space, children’s play areas and pet-friendly facilities.


Countryside Partnerships has secured planning approval from Rushcliffe Borough Council and has signed agreements with emh group and Start Living for its 333 affordable and private rented homes scheme Alvaredus, located at the Fairham mixed-use development.

‘Alvaredus’ (named as a nod to the area’s lineage to Alvaredus de Clifton) will provide a sustainable new community made up of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties. The homes will be delivered in mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.


Court Collaboration has been granted planning permission by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee for its Ora Build to Rent scheme in the city centre. The name Ora is inspired by the Latin adjective, Meliora – meaning ‘the pursuit of better’.

Court Collaboration will redevelop the brownfield site, which will see a 1960s eyesore car park demolished and replaced with two Build to Rent towers. The 46-storey tower and additional 15-storey tower will contain 581 Build to Rent homes in a mix of one and two bedrooms.

Curzon Wharf

Woodbourne Group has gained planning approval for its Curzon Wharf development from Birmingham City Council. The scheme will deliver the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development. Curzon Wharf is set to deliver a 53-storey building containing 498 Build to Rent homes. It will be Birmingham’s tallest tower at 172 metres (564 feet) and will include purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) and another residential element.

The development will also feature nearly 130,000 sq ft of office, R&D and life science space, over 3,000 sq ft of retail units, over 15,000 sq ft of leisure space, over 76,424 sq ft of new and improved public realm, and 490 metres of new and improved walking and cycling routes.

Dundas Square

Soller Group secured planning from Glasgow City Council for its Dundas Square Build to Rent development, situated to the north of Glasgow city centre. Designed by Mosaic Architecture + Design, Dundas Square will deliver 357 Build to Rent units in a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities include roof terraces, a co-working space, gym, retail unit and office space.   

Located in the Cowcaddens district of central Glasgow, residents living at the development are within walking distance to Central Glasgow’s shops and restaurants, Buchanan Galleries, Queen Street Station, Cowcaddens Subway Station and Glasgow Caledonian University. 

The Gateway

A partnership between Sigma Capital Group and housebuilder Kellen Homes has received planning permission from Manchester City Council for The Gateway Build to Rent development. It will deliver 272 new homes under Sigma Capital’s Simple Life brand which will include a mix of 172 single-family detached and semi-detached houses and 100 apartments.

All homes are pet-friendly and will include fitted, modern appliances, and all houses will have gardens. The Gateway will also feature 0.82 acres of public green space and a community centre with parking and disabled parking for local people.

Lumina Village

After receiving planning permission from members of the Planning and Development Management Committee at Trafford Council, Glenbrook Property will be delivering a £160m Manchester-based Build to Rent scheme at Lumina Village. The scheme will consist of 639 private and affordable homes along with 5.4 acres of public realm as part of the wider Lumina Village mixed-use development.

Glenbrook will deliver 586 apartments across six blocks ranging from six to 20 storeys, alongside 53 townhouses. 440 homes are Build to Rent, with 199 being mixed-sale and at least 15% of the total number of dwellings will be delivered as affordable homes.

2 Snowhill Plaza

HUB and MARK have secured planning permission from Birmingham City Council for the 2 Snowhill Plaza Build to Rent development in the city centre. The scheme was developed in close collaboration with the local community and key neighbourhood stakeholders. The scheme will deliver 462 high quality Build to Rent homes. 

2 Snowhill Plaza will also deliver enhanced public realm and the public access way between Snow Hill Queensway and Weaman Street, which will improve pedestrian connectivity, supporting sustainable, walkable neighbourhoods in a key regeneration area of Birmingham.

Benwell Dene

Placefirst has secured planning approval for its Benwell Dene Build to Rent scheme. Located two miles west of Newcastle city centre, the single-family Build to Rent scheme is set to transform the 2.75ha brownfield site. Benwell Dene will contain two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, built specifically for long term private rent.

37 of the properties will be fully Part M4(2) accessible and adaptable homes and will be designed by JM Architects and Southern Green, Benwell Dene takes inspiration from the historic layout of the site and will create a modern and sustainable interpretation of the traditional terrace street pattern, with unique communal spaces which maximise views across the Tyne Valley.

Lombard Road

Greystar has secured planning approval from Wandsworth Council for a new scheme on Lombard Road in Battersea. The site is situated at the Junction of Lombard Road and York Road – and is within walking distance of several local shops and restaurants in both Battersea and Clapham.

The scheme will deliver 294 Build to Rent homes in a mix of one- to three-bedroom apartments, including 90 affordable properties’ that will cater for families, couples and single renters. 

East Village

Get Living has secured planning from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for three applications which forms the final piece of the East Village development. The scheme will contain 848 Build to Rent units in a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes at the Build to Rent developments N18 and N19.

This approval kickstarts the delivery of the final buildings at East Village, completing the original masterplan. The three new buildings range in height from eight to 40 storeys and have been designed to foster community and connections, and to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus Principles.