H2 2023 BTR developments with planning approved

A round up of H2 2023 Build to Rent developments across the UK that have had planning applications approved.

Botanical House Build to Rent scheme. Amro Partners and Flemyn secure planning approval for the project | BTR News
Botanical House Build to Rent scheme. Amro Partners and Flemyn secure planning approval for the project.

2 Snowhill Plaza

Securing planning permission from Birmingham City Council in July, residential developer HUB and pan-European real estate investment manager MARK are set to deliver 462 Build to Rent homes with on-site affordable three-bedroom family homes. 

The central Birmingham development is close to Snow Hill railway station, Colmore Row and the Jewellery and Knowledge Quarters, whilst boasting excellent transport links. 2 Snowhill Plaza will be in line with Birmingham’s Future City Plan, which aims to create a fair, inclusive, and green place that benefits local communities in the future.

Benwell Dene

Build to Rent provider Placefirst secured planning approval for its 146-home suburban Benwell Dene scheme in Newcastle’s West End in July. The scheme will deliver two-, three- and four-bedroom single-family Build to Rent homes, built specifically for long term private rent. 37 of the properties will be fully Part M4(2) accessible and adaptable homes.

Benwell Dene will be one of Placefirst’s most energy efficient and sustainable schemes yet. The design integrates a network of sustainable urban drainage systems and Placefirst’s well renowned communal green spaces. Construction on-site began later in the year after planning was approved.

Leeds Urban Village

Also in July, a joint venture between Cole Waterhouse and Tonia Investments secured approval for the amended plans for the Leeds Urban Village mixed-use scheme which includes Build to Rent. The development will include 1,012 apartments across five towers ranging from 13 to 23 storeys, alongside commercial space on the ground floor. Of these, 478 will be Build to Rent apartments.

The companies worked alongside a range of stakeholders through the summer, including Leeds City Council, leading to the submission of a Section 73 Minor Material Amendment Application in December 2022. Targeting a Fitwel rating, Leeds Urban Village will contain ground floor spaces for retail, food and beverage, residential amenities such as a shared pantry, cinema, gym and a ‘library of things’ – appliances and useful equipment for people to borrow.

East Village

With plans unanimously approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), developer and operator Get Living submitted and secured three planning applications for the final part of the East Village development. Works are expected to begin this year.

The approval includes planning consent for up to 848 Build to Rent units in a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes at N18 and N19 buildings, with the N16 building delivering a student scheme. The three new buildings range in height from eight to 40 storeys. BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus Principles aim to be achieved at East Village. A planning application for improvements to Victory Park and Belvedere was also granted.

Lombard Road, Battersea

Build to Rent provider Greystar secured planning approval for a new scheme on Lombard Road in Battersea. Wandsworth Council unanimously approved plans, which include 90 (35%) on-site affordable housing. Greystar’s scheme will deliver 294 Build to Rent homes in a mix of one- to three-bedroom apartments.

The scheme will be a car free development, other than nine off-street Blue Badge parking spaces, and contains 872 sqm of new, landscaped public realm. There will also be 516 long-stay and 22 short-stay cycle spaces. Boasting excellent transport links, including National Rail links at Clapham Junction Station, Battersea Park is also within walking distance with its sports centre, tennis courts and 200 acres of parkland.

First Way, Wembley

London Borough of Brent granted planning permission for a new mixed-use scheme adjacent to Wembley Stadium. For Access Self Storage, the proposal re-provides the existing storage use alongside new office space, a Class E unit, 529 Build to Rent homes and 129 co-living studios.

ColladoCollins Architects has worked with the local borough and Access Self Storage to design a scheme which works with the wider masterplan for the regeneration of Wembley. Potentially reaching up to 22 floors, the residential homes are spread across five connected but visually separated buildings. A raised linear park will provide a sanctuary for residents, and will include planting, play space, orchards and grow spaces.

Dockside

In November, Build to Rent platform Goodstone Living – on behalf of its managed fund Goodstone Living Partners 1 – secured unanimous planning permission from The City of Edinburgh Council for the expansion of its Dockside Build to Rent scheme in Leith. The expansion includes the number of new ‘next generation’ homes, to be increased from 338 to 373 to include additional family and affordable housing.

In line with the Dockside development’s strong sustainability credentials, the green amenity space within the public realm will also nearly double from approximately 1,900 sqm (0.47 acres) to approximately 3,800 sqm (0.94 acres). Construction at the Dockside development started in May with contractor McAleer & Rushe. The scheme is expected to complete in July 2025.

Botanical House

Amro Partners and Flemyn secured planning approval to transform the redundant Croydon Park Hotel site into a new c.£220m GDV Build to Rent scheme. Botanical House will deliver 447 homes in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 25% of the homes will be three bedrooms to cater for families and to provide affordable options for sharers. 20% of apartments will also be designated as affordable and will be made available to tenants at below market value, via Discounted Market Rent and London Living Rent.

A two-minute walk from East Croydon train station and BOXPARK Croydon, Botanical House will be the first residential building in Croydon to achieve the highest possible sustainability standards – including BREEAM ‘Outstanding rating, Fitwel3* certification and WiredScore Platinum. Botanical House will also deliver a 206 sqm multifunctional community room on Altyre Road. In a partnership with local charities and community groups including Asian Resource Centre Croydon, Croydon Commitment and Croydon Voluntary Action, the space will be used for social events, exercise classes and mentoring programmes.

Oxford Gardens

Peveril Securities and development partner MDM secured planning permission from Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Council to redevelop Holland House in Bournemouth from an office building into Oxford Gardens – a new Build to Rent scheme. The new proposals will see the delivery of 487 new Build to Rent homes in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in a 29-storey building.

Oxford Gardens will feature co-working space, a retail unit, a café, and a public square. The scheme will also include 112 car park spaces and 534 cycle spaces. Construction is anticipated to start in April this year with MDM to continue consultations with the local community on the development.