Danehurst Developments submit planning for York PBSA

Danehurst Developments and ROK Planning have submitted planning for a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in York.

The proposed York student accommodation scheme | Danehurst Developments | PBSA News
The proposed York student accommodation scheme.

Danehurst Developments have submitted a planning application for a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in York City Centre, on an under-utilised brownfield site.

The proposals for the York PBSA scheme, designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects, includes 234 beds in a mix of studios and en-suite cluster bedrooms, with large shared social spaces on the ground floor.

Amenities include indoor communal spaces, a reception area, gym, private dining space, cinema and game rooms. Homes for Students will be the accommodation manager and operator for the scheme.

The project would involve the demolition of an existing car showroom and to make way for the PBSA development, which will include hard and soft landscaping and cycle and car parking.

Street view of the scheme | PBSA News
Street view of the scheme.

Located just beyond the historic city walls, the site is situated in the Layerthorpe area – on a former medieval street. This part of the city is renowned for playing a crucial role in the city’s industrial revolution, and it is this rich industrial heritage that serves as the primary inspiration for the architectural concept, influencing the form and appearance of the building.

The project has undergone extensive engagement with stakeholders, including the City of York Council, Environment Agency and the York Civic Trust.

The development prioritises sustainability, targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating. Energy-efficient design features will be implemented to minimise environmental impact, and promote a low-carbon footprint.

Courtyard at the scheme | PBSA News
Courtyard at the scheme.

“There are a number of planning and public benefits that weigh in favour of the scheme. These can be summarised as follows:

“The proposal will contribute to the growth of York’s higher education institutions through provision of high-quality PBSA, supporting sustainable growth for both the University of York and St. John University.

“The provision of student accommodation will relieve the pressure on the local private rental housing market and make a positive contribution to housing land supply in the immediate City Centre and surrounding area through the provision of studio student flats.

“The development will provide 234 bedspaces to meet an identified need.

“The uplift of student populace in this area will generate economic, social and regenerative benefits, increasing footfall and local spending in the area whilst contributing towards the formation of a new urban community providing regenerative benefits for the wider city.

“The development will respond positively to its urban context, resulting in less than substantial harm to surrounding heritage assets.

“The development will provide exceptional standards of living, including dual aspect shared areas, generous access to daylight and sunlight, with generous communal amenity space provision.

“The proposals will promote a major shift to sustainable modes of transport and will reduce vehicle movements compared to the previous use via its mostly carfree nature and provision of extensive cycle parking.

“The proposals will create a safer local environment as a result of on-site management and increased natural surveillance.”

ROK Planning, planning statement
Riverside view of the PBSA scheme | PBSA News
Riverside view of the PBSA scheme.

The site is an eight-minute walk from York St John University and a 14-minute bus ride away from The University of York. The site is also a 24-minute walk from York Train Station.

If approved, the new PBSA scheme will create jobs both during construction as well as when operational, providing employment opportunities in the area.