Welcome to the NAG's 'News Desk'. Here you will find:

NATIONAL & Other ... news on a range of topics from around the country (and sometimes from overseas) such as planning, housing and communities, most of which have bearing on HMOs and the issues affecting our neighbourhoods.

NOTTINGHAM ... news, again on a similar range of topics, most often relating to HMOs, but this time from the City of Nottingham and its neighbouring boroughs.

NEIGHBOURHOOD ... news, which is very much about what is happening locally in the streets and neighbourhoods where NAG members live.

Latest National & Other News

Queen's University Belfast Offers Students Money Not to Take Up University Accommodation

On Friday 10 September 2021, Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI Education Correspondent, reported that a 12% increase in the number of first-year applications to Queen's University Belfast has resulted in an 'unprecedented' demand for accommodation and over-subscription for rooms in its halls of residence. As a result, the university is offering some students money and other incentives to find alternative accommodation.

Application for Controversial Manchester Student Accommodation Block Refused

On Thursday 2 September 2021, Neil Hodgson, writing in The reported that a scheme to build 425-bed, 13 storey student accommodation development in the Fallowfield area of Manchester has been refused planning permission following 250 objections from local civic societies, residents' groups and local councillors.

Students To Get Academic & "Socialisation' Catch-Up Support

Will Hazel, Education Correspondent of iNews, writing on Tuesday 24 August 2021, reported that students going to universities this autumn will get support to fill gaps in learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic and also support to help them 'get to grips with the freedom of university life' following 18 months of Covid-19 restrictions.

Government Urged to Ensure Full Vaccination of Students Before September Return to Universities

Writing on Friday 23 July 2021, Sally Weale, Guardian Education Correspondent reported that the University and College Union has warned Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, that unless students are double vaccinated before the start of the new academic year and additional protective measures are also implemented, the problems seen in universities last year will be repeated. Will Hazel, Education Correspondent of iNews, also writing on Friday 23 July 2021, reported that unless students are fully vaccinated ministers have been warned that university 'chaos' could return in September.

Large Student Populations Identified In The Five Latest Covid-19 Hotspots

On Wednesday 7 July 2021, Helen Pidd (North of England Editor) and Niamh McIntyre reported on the Guardian that the five current hotspots of Covid-19 hotspots in England also have some of the largest student populations in England. Nottingham's Lenton & Dunkirk MSOA is one of the five, sitting alongside Leeds Hyde Park at the lower end of infections, with Oxford Central topping the list, followed by Durham City, then North Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne. Vaccination rates and problems for students having to self-isolate at the end of tenancies were also featured in the article.

Landlords Furious At Edinburgh Plans to Require Airbnb Hosts to Seek Planning Permission

On Friday 13 August 2021, James Gant, writing for the Mail on Line, reported that, as a tool for deal with anti-social behaviour and housing shortages, Edinburgh is scheduled to become the first British city to require landlords to apply for planning permission before putting their homes up as short-term (Airbnb) lets.

Coronavirus: Durham Civic Leaders Suggest Significant Infection Rate Rise Connection to Student Population

On Saturday 3 July 2021 Gavin Havery, Senior Report for The Northern Echo, reported that civic leaders in Durham are suggesting that the soaring infection rate in Durham may be linked to the city's student areas, with fears that the Delta variant of the virus is being passed into the wider community.

Latest Nottingham News

Nottingham University Makes Offer To Buy £36 Million Castle Meadow Site

On Wednesday 15 September 2021 West Bridgford Wire reported that Nottingham University has confirmed an offer to buy the Castle Meadow site designed by Sir Michael Hopkins (former HMRC offices) to achieve its ambition to have a city centre base in addition to its existing University Park, Jubilee and King's Meadow Campuses The site is being marketed at £36 million.

Nottingham City Counci Waste Services: Residents Asked To Remain Patient With Continuing Difficulties

Writing in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 1 September 2021, Ellie Danemann reported that Covid-19, a national shortage of lorry drivers, and people spending more time at home are all continuing to have a detrimental impact on the city's waste services. Residents are asked to remain patient and do what they can do help bin crews.

Potential For City Suburb To Be 'Overpowered By Tall Buildings'

On Friday 27 August 2021, Jamie Barlow, Digital News Correspondent, and Keimae Blake reported in the Nottingham Post that, as accommodation for 91 students is set to be built next to a 13 storey tower block, recently approved for use as student accommodation, concerns are being raised that the area will be 'overpowered by tall buildings'.

Latest Neighbourhood News

As New Academic Year Approaches for Lenton's 'Student Area': Universities Warning Students About Anti-Social Behaviour

Keimae Blake, writing in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 15 September 2021, reported that Nottingham's universities are warning students about anti-social behaviour in preparation for the beginning of the new academic year and the return of students to so-called 'student areas' like Lenton.

Nottingham's Universities: No Compulsory Covid-19 Vaccination When Students Return

On Monday 30 August 2021, writing in the Nottingham Post, Gurjeet Nanrah and Lana Adkin reported that Covid-19 vaccination will not be compulsory for returning staff and students at Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University.

Plans Put Forward for Student Accommodation to Replace Radford Brewery

Writing on Thursday 26 August 2021, Jamie Barlow, Digital News Editor of the Nottingham Post, reported that plan have been put forward for student accommodation once demolition of the Nottingham Brewery building in St Peter's Street, Radford has taken place.