A 230-bed student accommodation development on the St Joseph’s nursing home site in Edinburgh has been granted planning permission, subject to conditions.

The Edinburgh-based family company behind the planned project, S1 Developments, said permission had been granted by the City of Edinburgh Council development management sub-committee yesterday for the development on the former Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home site, which has a C-listed main building including a chapel.

S1 Developments, which is owned and run by brothers Dan and Shane Teague, said the development at Gilmore Place was scheduled for completion in September 2022.

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A spokesman for S1 Developments, which will undertake the project, noted that this timescale had not been altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said its proposal “ensures an effective new use for a unique listed building and its grounds whilst causing the least possible harm”.

It added: “The current ratio of approximately three students per one bed space in Edinburgh demonstrates the demand for new purpose-built student accommodation.”

The proposed project will see communal facilities installed in the retained and refurbished chapel, while existing east and west outbuildings and extensions will be demolished and replaced with new three-storey accommodation around a retained landscaped courtyard.

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S1 Developments said these new buildings would be of high-quality stone and zinc.

It added that the development would be “predominantly car-free”, with provision for 230 cycle parking spaces.

S1 Developments has not put a value on the student accommodation development.

The company’s spokesman said: “As an Edinburgh-based family company, we are thrilled to see this exciting project given the green light and look forward to breathing new life into this former nursing home.

“Redevelopment will restore the existing care-home building into high quality student accommodation, allowing the retention of the central chapel in its existing form.”

He added: “We look forward to getting these proposals underway and to continue working with council officials and the local community to deliver them.”

The company’s other projects include the Skyliner build-to-rent scheme at Leith.