Vita submits plans for India Street PBSA and affordable homes

Following a series of public consultations, Vita Group submits planning for purpose-built-student-accommodation (PBSA) and affordable homes at the 20 India Street regeneration site.

The Vita Student India Street PBSA development will provide essential student housing for Glasgow students and affordable homes | Vita Group | PBSA News
The Vita Student India Street PBSA development will provide essential student housing for Glasgow students and affordable homes.

Urban regeneration specialist Vita Group has submitted a planning application for the 20 India Street regeneration site in central Glasgow. 

Helping to meet Glasgow’s growing demand for student accommodation, the proposal includes the delivery of 591 Vita Student studio apartments in a new PBSA development. Amenities include social and study space, a gym, and an on-site operations team delivering regular events, housekeeping, security and much, much more.  

The facilities will be paired with Vita Student’s customer experience, which has been designed to help students maximise their university experience and ‘Begin Big’.

The proposals for the India Street brownfield site also includes the provision of 20 new affordable apartments, which will be delivered with partner West of Scotland Housing Association. Homes will be made up of ten one-bedroom apartments suitable for single people or couples, and ten two-bedroom apartments, suitable for families. 

The scheme also includes the creation of additional commercial units on the ground floor for new retail and leisure opportunities, alongside improvements to the public realm.  

“Over the last six months we’ve been working with the local community, councillors, and a broad spectrum of stakeholders to shape plans for 20 India Street, breathing new life into this brownfield site.

“Now we’re excited to submit our proposals and bring forward plans for affordable housing, student accommodation and new commercial opportunities at this important site.

“The development emphasises our commitment to Glasgow and aims to help to alleviate some of the pressures felt across the city because of Glasgow’s growing population and lack of available housing types.” 

Max Bielby, Chief Operating Officer, Vita Group

If successful, the redevelopment could help to create 225 new jobs during the construction phase, with an additional 20 jobs once the site is operational with an estimated £29m invested into Glasgow. 

The plans for the India Street scheme follow the success of the Vita Student West End PBSA in Glasgow. The scheme is situated within a 20-minute walk of the University of Glasgow, and plans for a new food hall at the former ABC Building on Sauchie Hall Street are currently under consultation. 

“We are excited about being part of Vita’s well-thought- through plans for this prominent site within the city centre. The location offers our customers further housing options and will provide 20 high quality, energy efficient homes for mid -market rent that align with our development strategy.” Andrew Kubski,

Director of Development & Asset Management, West of Scotland Housing Association

Demand to study at Glasgow’s leading universities has grown by 27,000 over the last decade and, as a result, Glasgow has an undersupply of student accommodation with only 19,279 PBSA beds – creating a shortfall of 58,346 beds. Therefore, 75% of full-time students are unable to access student accommodation.  

In a recent study of 1,000 students by Vita Group, 68% of students in Scotland said they were forced into the private rental market due to a lack of student accommodation. The same study found the spend power of students to be substantial for boosting the local economy.

Students spend approximately £136 per week on groceries, toiletries and cleaning products, £113 per week on leisure activities such as eating out, partying and gigs, and £107 per week on luxuries such as gym subscriptions, beauty treatments and fashion.