Policy D2

Policy D2: Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA)

The following sites are allocated for Purpose Built Student Accommodation:

PBSA1: Leazes Road

Site 1: preserve or enhance the significance and setting of the non-designated heritage assets contained within the site. This will be achieved through retention, restoration and sympathetic re use/conversion; ensure that views towards the World Heritage Site are protected and opportunities taken to enhance views or create new views; respect and conserve the landscape quality of the site including retention of key landscape features; and retain key historic boundary features within the site.
Site 2: preserve or enhance the setting of the designated and non-designated heritage assets adjacent to the site; preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area; maximise opportunities to redevelop the buildings which currently have a negative impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding Conservation Area; retain key historic boundary features within the college site; and preserve or enhance the significance and setting of the non-designated heritage assets contained within the site. This will be achieved through retention, restoration and sympathetic re use/conversion.
Site 3: preserve or enhance the significance and setting of the designated and non-designated heritage assets contained within the site. This will be achieved through retention, restoration and sympathetic re use/conversion; ensure that views towards the World Heritage Site are protected and opportunities taken to enhance views or create new views; respect and conserve the landscape quality of the site including retention of key landscape features; retain key historic boundary features within the site; and maximise opportunities to better reveal the significance of the listed building within the site

PBSA2: Howlands -Josephine Butler and Ustinov

preserve or enhance the significance and setting of the non-designated heritage asset contained within the site, specifically the historic farm buildings; development will consist of limited infill or the partial or complete redevelopment of previously developed land which would not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing development; respect the strong radial pattern of the existing buildings; and respond positively to the landscape features and topography of the site

PBSA3: James Barber House

ensure that views towards the World Heritage Site are protected; preserve or enhance the setting of the designated and non-designated heritage assets adjacent to the site; retain the existing trees around the periphery of the site; respond positively to the height constraints of the site; and be confined to the existing developed areas of the site

PBSA4: Elvet Hill car park

ensure that views towards the World Heritage Site are protected; preserve or enhance the setting of the designated and non-designated heritage assets adjacent to the site; retain the existing trees around the periphery of the site; respond positively to the height constraints of the site; and be confined to the existing developed areas of the site

PBSA5: Land adjacent to St Mary’s College

development will continue the existing built form of the development on the site; consist of appropriate refurbishment and limited infill; respect the college’s architectural qualities and plan form while reinforcing its local distinctiveness; and
respond positively to the landscape features and topography of the site

PBSA6: Mill Hill Lane

etain the existing tree belt to the east and west of the site; maintain a central belt of trees through the site; retain the most significant tree groups to the west of the site; and preserve or enhance the setting of the non-designated heritage asset of St Aidan’s College and its grounds adjacent to the site

In order to promote the creation of sustainable, inclusive and mixed communities and maintain an appropriate housing mix, any development proposal for new Purpose Built Student Accommodation, extensions to existing Purpose Built Student Accommodation, or conversions of existing buildings to Purpose Built Student Accommodation other than within the University Estate will be required to demonstrate:

  1. that there is a need for additional student accommodation of this type in this location; and
  2. consultation with the relevant education provider pursuant to the identified need; and
  3. it would not result in a significant negative impact on retail, employment, leisure, tourism and housing use and existing residential amenity; and
  4. it would support the Council’s regeneration objectives; and
  5. not more than 10% of the total number of residential units within 100 metres of the application site are already in use, or have planning permission to be, as HMOs or student accommodation exempt from council tax charges.

All proposals for the development of Purpose Built Student Accommodation will not be permitted unless:

  1. the development is readily accessible to an existing Durham University or Higher or Further Education College academic site, or hospital and research site; and
  2. the design and layout of the student accommodation and siting of individual uses within the overall development are appropriate to its location in relation to adjacent neighbouring uses; and
  3. the design meets the appropriate criteria for student living accommodation as set out in the Building Regulations; and
  4. the internal design, layout and standard of accommodation and facilities is of appropriate standard; and
  5. the activities of the occupants of the development will not have an unacceptable impact upon the amenity of surrounding residents in itself or when considered alongside existing and approved student housing provision. Prior to occupation a management plan or draft outline management plan appropriate to the scale of the development shall be provided and approved by Durham County Council; and
  6. the quantity of cycle and car parking provided is in line with the Council’s Parking and Accessibility Guidelines and Policies T2 and T3 of this Plan; and
  7. the applicant has shown that the security of the building and its occupants has been considered along with that of other local residents and legitimate users.

In order to provide affordable accommodation within Purpose Built Student Accommodation developments, 25% of the total units of accommodation shall normally be required to meet the prevailing definition of affordable.

Where appropriate, development proposals in accordance with the above requirements should contribute to the re-use of listed buildings, heritage assets and other buildings with a particular heritage value. Development will be expected to sustain the significance of heritage assets and seek opportunities to better reveal it.

Purpose Built Student Accommodation comprising only self-contained flats, or with blocks/sections of self-contained flats that can be separated from student occupants, should be flexibly designed to enable re-purposing for other types of occupants, such as young couples starting out, or professional people, or older people. Such re-purposing must include accessibility provision appropriate for older people or people with disabilities and appropriate arrangements for car parking, refuse storage and collection, and management of the flats.

Proposals Map 8: Purpose Built Student Accommodation Sites

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