Plans approved for Kirkstall Road Leeds PBSA

Designed by Leeds-based Cunniff Design, the Kirkstall Road building takes design cues from its surroundings, integrating well with the existing PBSA schemes in the area.

The Kirkstall Road PBSA scheme in Leeds | PBSA News
The Kirkstall Road PBSA scheme in Leeds.

Proposals to deliver a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) building off Kirkstall Road in Leeds have been approved. Leeds City Council signed the Section 106 Agreement. The new Leeds PBSA scheme will help meet the city’s increasing demand.

The application, lodged by Brigade Central LLP, a partnership fronted by Birmingham Properties Group, was submitted to the Council in October 2023. It will see the development of a part eight part ten storey PBSA building.

It will contain 198 studio flats and significant communal space including a roof terrace. The dwellings are on the site of an existing low-rise office building occupied by W Denis Insurance.

The scheme will tie in to the recent council-led improvements to Abbey Street. The development will provide accessible laybys for short-term drop offs and a turning head for servicing access.

Wider footway surfacing is to be secured as part of a future Section 278 Agreement.

“We are delighted to achieve planning permission on this under-utilised site in a prime location, to deliver high-quality PBSA. Once complete, the scheme will help to provide students a safe and comfortable environment with modern facilities close to the city’s various education institutions. We’d like to thank the City Council for working with us proactively on the application.”

John Tebbutt of Birmingham Properties Group

The Kirkstall Road development has been designed by Leeds-based Cunniff Design. The building takes design cues from its surroundings, integrating well with the existing PBSA schemes in the area.

Planning consultant Jack Dickinson of Nexus Planning considers that the application’s success is owed in part to collaborative pre-application discussions.

“The project team engaged early with the City Council’s planning, design, highways and landscaping officers in order to bring together a proposal that was generally acceptable to all parties and alongside holding positive discussions with local residents through the Little Woodhouse Community Association, the application was submitted in a supportive context. We are really pleased to see the scheme approved.”

Planning consultant, Jack Dickinson, of Nexus Planning

Brigade Central LLP were advised by Nexus Planning, Cunniff Design, TPM Landscape, Roscoe, Fore Consulting, Futureserv Consulting Engineers and OFR.

It comes as Leeds’ Arena Quarter PBSA topped out. In April, the scaffolding came down to reveal QIP and Urban’s new Merrion Street landmark.

Urban Developments (York) Ltd and Singapore-based private equity real estate firm Q Investment Partners (QIP) announced the topping out of the new PBSA scheme.