2023 so-far: BTR developments with plans submitted

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

Greystar's proposed One Lansdowne Road Build to Rent scheme in Croydon | BTR News
Greystar's proposed One Lansdowne Road Build to Rent scheme in Croydon.

Dockside Leith

Goodstone Living submitted a planning application to the City of Edinburgh Council that lays out plans to upgrade and enhance the pre-existing buildings at the Dockside Leith development situated at the Ocean Drive site, including a height increase to Building A by five storeys.

Set to feature 45 Build to Rent apartments and roof-level amenity space, the new proposal outlines an increase of the number of cycle storage spaces, a reduction in car parking spaces, the incorporation of a car-pool service and a link corridor from Building A to Building B.

Wellington Square

McLaren Property and McLaren Living submitted plans for the mixed-use Wellington Square development that is set to deliver 464 Build to Rent homes and commercial space on Wellington Street and Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre. 

The 45-storey building will feature 364,000 sq ft of commercial space across two 14 and 15 storey buildings, including 464 cycle spaces, a cycle repair station, studio wellbeing space, shower/locker facilities, a sky lounge with panoramic views and sustainably powered apartments.

Curzon Wharf

Woodbourne Group submitted plans to Birmingham City Council for its mixed-use Curzon Wharf development that will deliver shops, offices, life sciences facilities, a 41-storey purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) tower, a 14-storey middle tower for 122 residential homes, and the tallest building in Birmingham standing at 172 metres (564 feet); a 53-storey Build to Rent development for 498 new homes.

The scheme is an eight-minute walk to the HS2 Curzon Street Station and is positioned on the northern entry to Birmingham on the A38 Aston Expressway just south of Dartmouth Circus.


PLATFORM_ submitted plans to Milton Keynes City Council for the 20-storey PLATFORM_MK Build to Rent development which will deliver a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments over 355 sustainable homes; 110 of those will be classed as affordable with 31% being offered at discounted market rent.

Situated along Midsummer Boulevard, the scheme is set to include over 8,000 sq ft of residential amenities, such as a dedicated co-working hub, residents’ lounge, games room, cinema room, gym, and a private dining space with a bar area. It will also include 7,500 sq ft of landscaped terraces and a flexible commercial offering. 

Benwell Dene

Placefirst submitted plans to Newcastle City Council for the 146-unit Benwell Dene single-family housing Build to Rent scheme that will deliver a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes. 37 homes have been designed as Part M4(2) accessible and adaptable homes.

The proposed scheme will redevelop the 2.75ha brownfield site which has been vacant for over a decade, and if approved, work is expected to start later this year. The homes are set to achieve sustainability targets and include Placefirst’s well renowned communal green spaces, as well as public open space and an area dedicated to habitat creation and biodiversity net gain. 

The Stores

Dandara Living submitted planning applications for a 27-storey PBSA and Build to Rent scheme – The Stores – which is set to deliver 503 new energy efficient apartments and 491 student homes over three buildings in Glasgow.

Amenity space spans over 8,000 sq ft and will include lounges, co-working facilities, a communal kitchen, a cycle store, workshop, 870 cycle spaces and two fully equipped gyms.

North Acton

Downing submitted plans to replace a Holiday Inn Express for two 17 and 35-storey towers in North Acton which is set to deliver 2,235 sqm space, 91 Build to Rent homes in a mix of one-, two-, three- bedroom apartments including 35% affordable homes, and student accommodation.

External amenities include landscaped and hardscaped areas to the north and south along with the podium courtyard area and external roof terraces. The scheme will have a focus on sustainability and will be designed to a BREEAM Excellent Standard.

Queen’s Hospital Close

Chapman Taylor, Turley, Stace LLP and Churchman Thornhill Finch submitted plans to Birmingham City Council for the Queen’s Hospital Close mixed-use development, which includes the refurbishment of two remaining listed buildings that will contain a public café and gym, 189 Build to Rent apartments and 759 PBSA bedrooms.

The scheme aims to revitalise the historic site while honouring its rich heritage and preserve the surrounding wilderness and Canal Wildlife Corridor. Each of the Build to Rent homes will be designed with sustainability in mind.

100 Broad Street

Urban Vision submitted a planning application for its 100 Broad Street Build to Rent scheme; one of Birmingham’s most sustainable buildings. The 33-storey development will deliver 294 new homes, alongside co-working spaces, communal lounges and rooftop gardens.

The scheme will also present opportunities for independent shops, cafés or restaurants at street level. If approved, the proposals will maximise development on a brownfield site.

West Ealing and Bromley

John Lewis Partnership’s submitted plans for two Build to Rent developments at West Ealing, which will deliver 428 homes, and Bromley, which will deliver 353 homes, each one being furnished by John Lewis. 35% of the properties would be classed as affordable housing and will be targeted at key public sector workers such as nurses or teachers.

Both schemes would include roof gardens, flexible workspaces, gym, and a resident lounge, dining areas with a fully equipped kitchen, a public piazza, and a new flagship Waitrose shop and cafe along with improved access for pedestrians and cyclists.

One Lansdowne Road 

Greystar submitted plans to Croydon Council for the One Lansdowne Road 783-unit Build to Rent development in central Croydon. The homes would be spread across two 35 and 47-storeys buildings and will include a new public green square, flexible workspace, a retail unit, and improved connections to nearby East Croydon Station. 

Affordable rents at a range of different levels will be featured throughout the development, with all residents benefiting from the same level of services and amenities, which includes a gym, rooftop gardens and a concierge.