Planning

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: Belfast; Cardiff; Chester; London; Newcastle; and Sheffield.

During 2017, planning permission was obtained for 1,815 student bedrooms and 754 residential units in: Aberdeen; Bath; Bournemouth; Chester; Leicester; London; Oxford; and Sheffield.

During 2018, we have to date obtained planning permission for 2,368 student bedrooms and 213 residential units in: Bangor; Belfast; Bristol; Cardiff; Chester; Coventry; Glasgow; London; Sheffield; and Wrexham.

We are also in discussions with local planning authorities, either at pre-application or application stage, regarding several thousand student bedrooms and residential units.