On behalf of The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and PBSA Heavitree Road S.A.R.L, on October 7th 2021, DPP Planning submitted an;

”Application for Outline Planning Permission with all matters considered in detail except for landscaping, for the demolition of the existing buildings and erection of mixed-use development comprising purpose-built student accommodation (Sui Generis) and Co-Living (Sui Generis) with associated infrastructure at the Former Police Station and Central Devon Magistrate’s Courts, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LS”.

The application proposal comprises a mixed-use development consisting of two independent buildings linked through a public realm, accessibility, and servicing scheme. One building comprises purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), and the other co-living accommodation.


The proposed development is located at the site of the former Police Station and Central Devon Magistrates’ Courts, Heavitree Road, Exeter which was vacated in 2019. The site is situated in a central and sustainable location in central Exeter, approximately half a mile from Exeter City Centre.

The site is directly opposite the entrance to the University of Exeter’s St Luke’s Campus, one of the two key university campuses located within Exeter. The Streatham Campus is approximately a 35-minute walk or a short bus ride away.


The PBSA element of the scheme comprises a total of 689 student rooms consisting of a mix of forms, from compact studios to twodios. This element of the scheme comprises internal and external amenity space, creating a high-quality offer to meet the identified student need.

The co-living element comprises 340 units together with shared internal and external amenity space. Whilst there is no universal definition of co-living, it is generally used to define purpose-built and professionally managed rental accommodation where small private living spaces are combined with extensive communal facilities.

Such schemes are aimed at university graduates, young professionals and key workers who typically will not be able to afford to purchase their own property. The concept of co-living is premised on high quality ‘leased’ products being preferred to the typically lower quality ‘owned’ alternatives and the downsides that come with them.

In addition, many occupiers will be transitioning from occupying purpose-built student accommodation, being used to the high standards of management and amenity space such developments provide.

Co-living is not just about this private physical space, but about establishing a community. As such, the provision of communal facilities and curating the experience of these spaces through a strong professional management offer is at the heart of the development, meeting an identified need and complimenting the other two recently approved co-living schemes in the city.

Both the PBSA and Co-Living elements of the proposals will relief pressure on houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s), assisting Exeter in meeting its housing needs.


As part of the Planning Application process, the Applicant has engaged and collaborated with the public to ensure that a high-quality development that meets the needs of the local community, as well as Exeter University is delivered.

A consultation was held for a period of two weeks from 1st November 2021 to 15th November 2021.

All relevant drawings, reports and supplementary supporting documents are made available for viewing online, using the hyperlink below:

Please click here to view documents

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In addition, a consultation webinar was held on 9th November 2021 to share our ideas and receive feedback on the proposed development.

Please click the below link to view a PDF copy of the presentation:

Heavitree Road Presentation PDF