S Harrison’s Ocean Point 2 in Leith secures planning

S Harrison's Ocean Point 2 mixed-use development will add to the ongoing transformation of Leith’s Waterfront and deliver essential student beds.

S Harrison Developments has received planning consent for the proposed Ocean Point 2 mixed-use PBSA development in Leith | PBSA News
S Harrison Developments has received planning consent for the proposed Ocean Point 2 mixed-use PBSA development in Leith.

Developer S Harrison Developments has announced that its proposals for a mixed-use development at Ocean Point in Leith has been granted planning consent, subject to conditions, by councillors on Edinburgh’s Development Management Sub-Committee on 15 May 2024. Planning and development consultancy Turley provided planning services for the project, with CDA acting as architects.

Neighbouring Ocean Point 1, the over £80m development at Ocean Point 2 will deliver two buildings comprising 404 purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) beds split between cluster accommodation (intended to be a mix of five and six bedrooms) and studio bedrooms, alongside Build to Rent homes.

Alongside this, commercial, co-working and amenity space are proposed as part of Ocean Point 2, offering active frontage to Ocean Drive with greatly enhanced public realm, encouraging active lifestyles.

The nearby Ocean Terminal is currently undergoing a £100m transformation, set on delivering a mixed-use development comprising residential, commercial, retail and hospitality.

The extension of the tram line between Edinburgh and Ocean Terminal also provides connectivity between the development and Edinburgh city centre within 20 minutes.

In addition to delivering new student and residential homes on the brownfield site, the Ocean Point 2 development will create significant local spend, amounting to some £5.3m by residents and visitors annually, supporting an estimated 60 retail and leisure jobs. It has been estimated that 325 jobs will be created directly in the construction of the overall scheme. 

S Harrison Developments submitted planning for the scheme in September 2023 following a second public exhibition in March 2023, when the public had the opportunity to view updated proposals for the scheme.

“We are delighted that we have received a green light for our planning application. This will serve to deliver much-needed homes and student accommodation to an area which is undergoing a rapid transformation, delivering a truly mixed sustainable neighbourhood.

“Regenerating a current brownfield site, this development boasts excellent transport links, especially with the new tram line, and will deliver a significant investment into the local area. We look forward to continuing to engage with the local community and the Council as we seek to deliver this development.”

Spokesperson, S Harrison Developments

S Harrison Developments has a long history of working in the city, ranging from delivering the Malmaison at St Andrew Square, to student developments at Westfield and Gorgie, and a hotel development at Osborne House, Haymarket.