Strawberry Gardens Public Exhibition

Leazes Park Road

Urban regeneration specialist, Vita Group is bringing forward a proposal for the former Barker and Stonehouse building, the change of use of the Strawberry House for use as student accommodation, and the erection of a Purpose Built Student Accommodation.

This consultation page will be kept up to date with details of the proposal throughout the planning programme including events you can attend and opportunities to share feedback.

A detailed outline of the plans can be seen through the supporting PDF, the proposal is to create a high-quality purpose-built student accommodation and affordable housing, supported with better public realm and a retail / leisure unit.

Detail of proposal

The Proposed Development comprises the demolition of the former Barker & Stonehouse building, the change of use of the Strawberry House for use as student accommodation, and the erection of a Purpose-Built Student Accommodation building comprising up to 250 units at the Site.

The layout of the Proposed Development sees the new PBSA building take an inverted L-shape which allows for an area of public realm to be created in the east of the Site and an area of external amenity space to the west of the new building. This also allows for Strawberry House to be retained and celebrated, which is a significant benefit of the scheme.

It is proposed that the PBSA building will extend to 6-storeys in the south and step down to 5-storeys in the north. A 2.5-storey glazed link will connect the new PBSA building to Strawberry House, which will be internally refurbished to provide student accommodation and amenity space. The height is considered to be in keeping with the height of St James’ View to the west, although there is a level change between these two sites, whilst the proposed PBSA will be smaller than Vita Student’s 9-storey Strawberry Place PBSA scheme on the opposite side of the road.

The proposed scheme would provide up to 250 bedrooms. In addition to bedrooms, the ground floor is proposed to comprise a substantial amount of amenity space. These areas far exceed many other PBSA operators which provide significantly less amenity space per bedspace. A further area of external amenity space is also to be provided.

The scheme is proposed to be car free with the exception of accessible parking but will provide for drop off and servicing.

Leazes Park Road


11th October
Consultation PDF
available to view
11th October (4-7pm)
First Consultation
November 2023
Submission of planning application
Spring 2024
Determination of planning application
Vita Student Strawberry Place, Strawberry Place, Newcastle, NE1 4PQ

Feedback Form

1. Do you support the proposed demolition of the vacant, former Barker and Stonehouse building?

2. Do you support the development of student accommodation in this area?

3. Are you supportive of the design approach?

4. Are you supportive of the inclusion of Strawberry House within the scheme?

5. Do you support the areas of public realm and landscaping to Leazes Park Road?

6. Do you have any additional comments you would like to make on the proposals?

By submitting your details via this online form we may contact you in future in relation to this planning application and other Vita Group news. You can view our legal notice here.