Use Classes – Agreeing the planning use class of the proposed products and the policy requirements that are applicable.
Height & Density – Evidencing that the design quality of the scheme supports the proposed height and density.
Design Standards – Justifying divergence from typical residential design standards including internal space standards, private amenity space, units per floor and target unit size mixes.
Housing Need – Demonstrating both the private and affordable tenure products will positively contribute to meeting un-met housing need and communicating this to local residents and members.
Development Viability – Evidencing the bespoke economics of purpose-built rental schemes and, in particular, the financial impact related to the improved affordability of the private homes.
Planning Benefits – Demonstrating how this type of development is beneficial to an area including economic impacts, employment, affordability, regeneration, placemaking and housing delivery.
S106 Obligations – Ensuring planning obligations which relate to rent setting, eligibility nominations and restrictive covenants maintain and enhance the long-term asset value.
Quod advises a range of private sector developers and institutional investors on their purpose-built rental schemes including Aviva, British Land, Delancey, Fizzy Living, Grainger, Hammerson Inhabit, L&G, Meadow, Muse, Pocket Living, Westfield and Westrock amongst many others. Key recent projects include Lewisham Gateway (Muse, BtR & Co-Living), Connected London Living (Grainger & TfL, BtR), Rudolph Place (Downing, Student) and Manorview & Hadley (IQ, Student). Our Quod North office has also advised on numerous Build to Rent planning applications in Leeds City Centre including the Former Yorkshire Post Site.
Quod has led or contributed to many areas of policy and guidance for the emerging sector including the ULI’s Build to Rent Best Practice Guide (Edition 2).
For further information on Quod’s Purpose Built Rental expertise please see our projects or contact Thomas Hatch.