Moda secures planning for York Build to Rent

Moda Living secures planning for York lifestyle-focused Build to Rent neighbourhood that puts wellbeing and community first.

Moda York Build to Rent development. Moda Living has secured planning permission for the new scheme | BTR News
Moda York Build to Rent development. Moda Living has secured planning permission for the new scheme.

Plans have been approved for a new Build to Rent neighbourhood on the ten-acre former Heworth gasworks site in York, that will revolutionise rental living and lifestyle in the city. Developer-operator Moda Living was granted outline approval for the whole site in 2020. Following the submission of a Reserved Matters planning application earlier this year, Moda was granted approval for the scheme yesterday evening (3 November 2022) at City of York’s Planning Committee. Works are expected to start in early 2023.

The new neighbourhood is part of Moda’s Build to Rent portfolio with investment partner Apache Capital Partners. Award winning Leeds-based architect, Fuse Studios, has designed the four- to six-storey buildings which will deliver 392 units – a mix of studio, one- two- and three-bedroom homes, offering residents secure tenures of up to three years.

The masterplan also includes a further 215 homes by North Star and Heworth Green developments, a new neighbourhood park and extensive landscaping throughout the development. The neighbourhood will have a focus on sustainability, health and wellbeing and will use cutting edge technology to create a community.  

“As a Yorkshire-based family business, we are very excited to have been given the go ahead to bring this new generation of rental living to York.

“Our ethos is to put the needs of residents at the heart of everything we do, and so we offer deposit-free living, encourage wellness in both physical and mental health and run a regular programme of events for residents, designed around their interests and demands, to build a community they love being a part of.

“The private rental sector continues to prove its resilience, and the demand for new homes combined with quality of product means we are confident that Heworth Green will prove a valuable addition to the city of York and its communities.”

Tony Brooks, Managing Director, Moda Living

Plans include extensive state-of-the-art amenity spaces – including private dining rooms, 24/7 gym and fitness centre equipped with market leading fitness equipment, cinema room and a 24-hour concierge, to create a health and wellbeing-focused community and address the shortage of quality homes for rent in York. With a community green at its heart, the neighbourhood will also deliver new landscaped green space open to the public.    

In addition to the gym and fitness centre, residents will have access to a range of wellness focused products and services to support their healthy lifestyles. All residents will have free access to leading home fitness app FIIT, so they can work out anywhere, any time.

Moda’s wellness programme offers a variety of expert coaching sessions on topics ranging from fitness and nutrition to healthy sleep and financial wellbeing. The operator’s partnership with mental health expert MYNDUP gives residents subsidised access to services including counselling, meditation and life coaching. Designed and run by Moda’s in house operations team, a bespoke regular programme of events will complement these facilities and services, helping to build a community of people living their happiest, healthiest lives.

Moda York Build to Rent scheme | BTR News
Moda York Build to Rent scheme.

Moda’s commitment to health and wellbeing across its portfolio means it has the most top-level certifications in the world from global healthy building accreditation body, Fitwel. The new scheme will also target this certification by prioritising health and wellbeing in all elements of its design and operation.

Smart technology in every home will generate real time wellness scores based on a series of factors including temperature, air quality and light levels. This ensures living conditions are always optimum in homes and amenity spaces. Residents have access to this data and more using the bespoke MyModa app, which also allows them to book onto events – form community groups, make use of exclusive brand partnerships and report any maintenance issues to the 24-hour concierge. The app also allows residents to track their energy consumption and offers tips and tricks on small behaviour changes to keep costs to a minimum.

The technology also provides live insights on carbon consumption, enabling Moda and its residents to monitor sustainable performance of the buildings. Residents will see real-time anonymous data on their sustainability ranking in the neighbourhoods, generating opportunities for gamifying sustainable behaviours.  

Moda also has a focus on supporting residents and their wellbeing through the ongoing cost of living crisis. Renting comes with no deposits or hidden costs and by buying 100% renewable electricity in bulk, the operator is also able to pass savings onto residents – making utility bills typically cheaper compared to homes across the UK. 

As a long-term operator of its developments, Moda is also committed to integrating with the local community. From hiring local employees and apprentices wherever possible to working in partnership with local independent businesses, Moda is dedicated to boosting employment, education and economy in its surrounding areas and wider city regions. 

“This is an important next step in the growth of our prime multifamily portfolio, with a model focussed on premium quality and service, and high amenity provision in core regional economies. Our operational schemes have illustrated the resilience of the class A multifamily model in a sector already attracting heightened interest from income-seeking investors, and Apache Capital and Moda have set the standard within it.”

John Dunkerley, CEO, Apache Capital