Green light for Haymarket Yards student development
A planning application for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) at Haymarket Yards has been granted by the City of Edinburgh Council Development Management Sub-Committee subject to conditions.
The proposal seeks to regenerate a 0.16-hectare brownfield site that has lain derelict for many years and is being undertaken by Ladybank Developments - a joint venture between GSS Developments and London & Scottish Property Investment Management.
The high-quality development will provide 153 studio apartments with extensive internal and external amenities including study spaces, gym, cinema, private dining facility, roof terrace and shared gardens. It will be managed 24/7 by a dedicated on-site team.
As a zero-car parking development, it will boast cycle parking for 154 bikes (over 100% storage). With Haymarket Station and its associated tram and bus stops nearby, and near to key college and university campuses, it is in a highly accessible location. Furthermore, no fossil fuels are to be used to operate this building, supporting the Council’s move to net zero carbon by 2030.
A spokesperson for Ladybank Developments said: “We are thrilled to see this exciting project given the green light by the committee. This regenerates an urban brownfield site that has sat vacant for many years to create a high-quality sustainable accommodation for students, meeting the growing demand in the city.
“The location is near to neighbouring Haymarket Station and its associated tram and bus stops and is highly accessible to the city’s universities and colleges. We look forward to starting this exciting development immediately and continuing to work with the council and the local community to deliver it in a considerate manner.”
London & Scottish Developments, the development arm of London & Scottish Property Investment Management (LSPIM), teamed up with GSS Developments to acquire the former railway goods yard for £1.62 million in September 2020.