AUTUMN WINDFALL OF NEW STUDENT FLATS IN CITY

Editor's Note (19 October 2013): For those who follow the lists of new planning applications, it can sometimes seem as if there is hardly a week when there isn't at least one new planning application for student apartments. The most recent of these (13/02115/PFUL3), which appeared in the list of applications for the week ending 18 October, is for 114 studio units and amenity space on the site of B. Siegel, Maiden Lane. Proposal for Student Flats at Canning Circus (August 2013) asked whether a nine-storey block of student flats was going to be built at the Canning Circus gateway to the city centre. More recently (25 September and 2 October 2013), the Nottingham Post has carried two reports on proposals for student flats on London Road, another gateway into the city, and also in Russell Street, off Forest Road in Arboretum Ward.

The substance of these articles, are reproduced here. The full articles (including artists' impressions and readers' comments, many of which raise importnt points) can be found on the Post's website at: www.nottinghampost.com.

Anyone visiting the city centre and Market Square will see how construction work of a £17 million block of student flats to replace the Odeon cinema on Angel Row is progressing. This, controversial, scheme is due for completion in 2014 and will include shops on the ground floor.


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PLANS FOR NEW CITY FLATS BLOCK

This is how a block of more than 600 apartments on the outskirts of the city could look.

It would include 415 flats for students and an additional 195 private rented apartments.

The main feature of the building, off London Road, would be a 25-storey tower.

At 250ft it would be visible from across the city, including from Trent Bridge, Nottingham Castle and Green's Mill, in Sneinton.

The application has been put in by the Oakhill Group Ltd for the former site of the Hartwell Ford car showroom.

The site is currently leased to Central College Nottingham, with students on engineering courses using it for automotive workshops. But the company is eyeing it up as a prime location for development.

A letter to the city council by Roberta Cameron, of Walsingham Planning, acting on behalf of Oakhill, said: "It is considered that the proposals would not give rise to any significant impact on either the area immediately surrounding the site or further afield.

"While the proposals will result in a change of appearance in the site, this will be of a characteristic appropriate for an urban location and compatible with other recent developments in the area."

The company previously applied for permission in 2010 to build an office complex at the site.

The work would fit in with the city council's drive for students in Nottingham to live in purpose-built accommodation blocks, to free up houses for families.

However the height of the tower may be an issue. The tower would be higher than the 200ft Jury's Inn hotel across the road.

But the developers have been keen to point out it would not be as high as the chimney at the nearby Eastcroft incinerator.

Yet some people in the city disagreed. James Stewart, 37, of West Bridgford, said: "I don't understand why it would have to be so high. But it will be nice to see a new development in that area."

Paul French, 35, also of West Bridgford, said: "You'd be able to see it for some distance. I don't really know why they need such a big tower."

[Marcus Boocock, Nottingham Post,  Wednesday,  25 September 2013]


PLANS FOR 78 NEW STUDENT FLATS IN THE ARBORETUM AREA

Nearly 80 new student flats could be built in the Arboretum ward if a planning application is approved.

A proposal to convert the former Perry’s Factory in Russell Street, off Forest Road, into 78 student flats has been submitted to the city council by Trivelles International.

The company has previously built developments from holiday homes to student accommodation in locations from Florida to the UK.

The planning application outlines a proposal to secure a change of use for the grade II listed former factory by refurbishing the interior and upgrading gas, electricity and telephone facilities so it can accommodate students

The plans also propose the demolition and re-construction of the rear extension of the building, which will house a leisure centre for the building.

Daljit Phullar, who has run Phullar Studio photography in Alfreton Road for over 30 years said he welcomed the plans for the new flats.

Mr Phullar, 58, who’s business backs on to Russell Street, said: “A lot of businesses in Nottingham rely on students to keep them going.

“Every time the students leave for one of the holidays, the city goes quiet. I know the building which could be converted - it is an old factory and nothing is happening with it at the moment so I think it would be good for it to be refurbished rather than demolished and then put to good use.”

He added: “Students brings new life into an area and I think they are good for the city.”

Penelope Dowell, 24, who lives in the Arboretum and was herself a student at Nottingham Trent University said she also thought the proposal was a sensible one.

She said: “More and more students are coming to Nottingham because it is such a wonderful university city. We’ve got two really good universities and everything else that students want.

“I think it is wise to convert a disused building instead of building a new one, as they can be ugly. Students need somewhere to live and this way they will bring money into the Alfreton Road area too.”

[Emily Winsor, Nottingham Post, Wednesday, 2 October 2013]