DPP Planning secure consent for £40m Swansea PBSA scheme

DPP Planning secure consent for a new PBSA scheme in Swansea – which will deliver 312 studio apartments in the city.

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New student accommodation scheme on The Strand in Swansea. Image credit: Sadler Brown Architects.

Independent national planning consultancy – DPP Planning –  has secured resolution to grant planning consent for a new purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Swansea. DPP acted on behalf of Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Property Group.

The £40m scheme designed by Sadler Brown Architects will deliver 312 self-contained en-suite studio apartments, with completion due in time for the 2023/24 academic year. The development will appeal to mature students in later years of study and post-graduates. Amenities include a study hub, an onsite fully equipped gym, student lounge, cinema, games room and luxury private dining and entertaining kitchen facility.

A private outdoor courtyard will also provide external space for socialising, collaborative learning, eating, relaxing and general wellbeing. Students will also have the benefit of superfast 100MB WiFi throughout the development.

“We are delighted to have secured this consent which will bring back into beneficial use a centrally located under-utilised site to create a high-quality student accommodation scheme which will further meet the needs of the growing student population in Swansea.”

Gareth Hooper, Director, DPP Planning

The building has been designed with residential blocks in a L-shape, naturally creating a central private courtyard. The residential blocks will be stepped in height at different levels to help reduce the building’s overall appearance. Constructed to the highest architectural standards and BREEAM certified, the new scheme will be designed and developed to meet high standards of sustainability and reduce ongoing operational running costs, including numerous ecological and environmentally conscious design features and construction methods.

The new PBSA scheme is located in the city centre on The Strand – and is ideally positioned for students. The University of Wales Trinity St David is within easy walking distance and the location is equidistant between the two main campuses of Swansea University, with the Bay Campus to the East and Singleton Campus to the West, providing a convenient and appealing location for students attending either campus – with access via frequent bus services or off-road cycle lanes, encouraging students living there to walk, cycle or use public transport. A secure bicycle storage facility will also be provided, removing the need for student car ownership and preventing additional traffic and parking congestion.

The marketing, lettings and management of the scheme to achieve full occupancy prior to practical completion will be undertaken by Prime Student Living – the award-winning student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of the Crosslane Property Group.

“Crosslane is pleased to have successfully secured resolution to grant planning consent for a new, high-quality, purpose-built student accommodation development on The Strand in Swansea. At 312 beds, the scheme will be a significant contribution to easing the supply/demand fundamentals which persist for student accommodation in the city, helping to free up private housing to rent by families and young professionals.

“The development is ideally situated for students due to its convenient and appealing city centre position, immediately surrounded by retail, leisure, food, and beverage amenities and within easy reach of the city’s University Campus locations both within the city centre, and to the East and West accessed via frequent bus services or off-road cycle lanes.

“Crosslane is committed to ensuring the long-term success and integration of this project into the neighbourhood and looks forward to working with local businesses to encourage students to shop and eat out locally within the area.”

Peter Stienlet, Property Director, Crosslane Student Developments