Update Report to Planning Committee

A report on student accommodation in Nottingham City Centre, presented to the Planning Committee on 18 December 2013 ended with these conclusions and next steps:

  • The situation in relation to completed PBSA (purpose built student accommodation) is noted, as is the need for further provision. There is no evidence that identifies an ‘oversupply’ of PBSA in response to existing planning policy objectives and the current approach will continue in order to assist reducing demand on traditional housing suitable for family occupation and aid regeneration.


  • The emerging LAPP document reaffirms the council's approach and provides an opportunity to encourage greater diversity amongst PBSA stock, particularly improving desirability of such provision to returning students. The document identifies sites suitable for new PBSA development and this contributes to the management of student accommodation distribution. Reviewing good practice elsewhere in other core cities is also considered to be appropriate.


  • Continue to monitor/review the effects of planning policy objectives and initiatives, particularly with regard to vacant properties, recognising potential difficulties and reluctance of landlords to replace student residents with family/residential households.


  • The forthcoming publication of Unipol's report on the ‘Assessment of Student Residence and Housing Market Conditions in Nottingham’ is acknowledged and the research welcomed. A number of the suggestions in the report support the council's current approach, whilst other elements are beyond the planning remit. It is expected that the council will fully respond to the content and recommendations of this report in due course.


The full report can be downloaded here: