We believe that our reputation as a specialist in the planning application process brings confidence to our partners and stakeholders. Whether they are universities, joint venture partners, land owners or any other stakeholders in the development, our partners can rest assured that Watkin Jones will commit every resource in gaining a successful outcome.

We have an unrivalled reputation in gaining successful planning permissions. We work with a team of architects, heritage consultants/ architects, highways engineers, land surveyors and a raft of other professional consultants, who are experienced in developing robust planning applications. Our consultants are led by an in-house team of development facilitators including a planning department.

We have highlighted below the locations of student accommodation and residential schemes (including build to rent and build to sell) from recent years in which we have gained planning approval and subsequently developed the scheme. The list does not include details of other development types, for which permission is also secured by our in-house planning department. Permission has recently been secured for the following development types in addition to student accommodation and residential: educational/ institutional; healthcare; hotel; offices; and retail/ commercial.

During 2016, planning permission was obtained for 2,751 student bedrooms in the following locations:

  • Belfast – 473 bedspaces
  • Cardiff – 910 bedspaces
  • Chester – 77 bedspaces
  • London – 523 bedspaces
  • Newcastle – 225 bedspaces
  • Sheffield – 543 bedspaces

During 2017, planning permission was obtained for 1,815 student bedrooms and 755 residential units in the following locations:

  • Aberdeen – 618 student bedspaces
  • Bath – 58 residential units and 94 student bedspaces
  • Bournemouth – 147 residential units
  • Chester – 323 student bedspaces
  • Leicester – 322 residential units
  • London – 165 residential units and 636 student bedspaces
  • Oxford – 144 student bedspaces
  • Sheffield – 63 residential units.

During 2017, we delivered 2,390 bedrooms in Belfast, Bournemouth, Chester, Glasgow, London, Sheffield and Swansea. In 2018, we will deliver 3,415 bedrooms in Aberdeen, Bath, Birmingham, Belfast, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sheffield.

During 2018, we have to date obtained planning permission for 1,731 student bedrooms and residential units in Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, London and Wrexham.

We are also in discussions with local planning authorities, either at pre-application or application stage, regarding in excess of an additional 2,500 student bedrooms and approximately 1,000 residential/ PRS units, as well as other development types.


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