Vita Group secures planning for Edinburgh Vita Student PBSA

Vita Group secures planning for a new Vita Student purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in Edinburgh.

CGI of the new Vita Student, New Waverley | PBSA News
CGI of the new Vita Student, New Waverley.

In the planning meeting today, the Development Management subcommittee at City of Edinburgh Council approved plans for Vita Group’s new Vita Student PBSA development at New Waverley North, part of the £240m New Waverley regeneration project.

The new PBSA scheme will deliver 267 beds – a mix of 207 high-quality studio apartments and 60 cluster rooms. Amenities include a gym, social and study spaces. 

Students also benefit from Vita Student’s customer experience, which has been designed to help maximise their university experience and ‘Begin Big’. It includes an on-site operations team delivering events, housekeeping, security and more. 

“Edinburgh’s undersupply of student housing causes pressures across Edinburgh’s housing market, so this planning consent should be seen as win for the City as well as the Vita Student brand as we continue to grow our presence within the city, delivering the very best student living experience.

“Now we can move onto the next phase of delivering this fantastic scheme in the New Waverley masterplan and realise the site’s potential, bringing further investment into the city and along with it adding to the city’s affordable homes.” 

Max Bielby, Chief Operating Officer, Vita Group
CGI of the Vita Student development in Edinburgh | PBSA News
CGI of the Vita Student development in Edinburgh.

Independent advisors Turley acted as planning and heritage consultants on behalf of Vita Group for the new scheme. Once delivered, the site will be the third Vita Student residence in Edinburgh, with other sites located on Fountainbridge and Iona Street. 

“It is great news for the city, and the city centre in particular, that this development has been approved. It will complete the overall New Waverley development masterplan, provide high-quality student accommodation close to the university and, by maximising the use of brownfield land, is fully aligned with the key drivers of NPF4 with respect to sustainability and climate change.”

Colin Smith, Director and Head of Planning Scotland, Turley