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

Bristol Student Accommodation Plans Upheld by Planning Inspector at Appeal

On Tuesday 2 November 2021 Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter for BristolLive filed a report that 50 students are scheduled to move into the re-developed ground floor of a residential apartment building at Cheswick Village after a planning inspector over-ruled the local council's decision to refuse planning permission for the project. Residents of the five-storey building had expected a GP surgery, gym and shops to fill the space as part of planning permission given in 2012 for a large new housing estate in Filton.

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.

Latest Nottingham News

Broxtowe Borough Council Moves to Control HMOs in Beeston

Writing in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 6 April 2022, Matt Jarram and Julian Turner Content Editor reported that an Article 4 Direction aimed at controlling the development of new HMOs in Beeston became effective on 26 March 2022 in response to concerns by residents about the increase in students living in HMOs in Beeston and the impact on the local community.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court to Hear Case of Director of Companies Renting Properties in the City Without Licence

On Wednesday 30 March 2022, Peter Hennessy, Nottingham Post Senior Journalist, reported that the case of the director of four different companies, who it is alleged illegally rented out six properties in the city, will be heard by Nottingham Magistrates' Court in June 2022.

Netherfield Against HMOs Calls on Gedling Borough Council to Change Planning Rules

Writing on Tuesday 8 March 2022, Nottingham Post's Jake Brigstock reported on a campaign starting in Netherfield calling for Gedling Borough Council to follow the lead of Nottingham City Council and Broxtowe Borough Council and introduce changes to planning legislation (namely an Article 4 Direction) to enable control over the number of future HMOs in Netherfield.

Latest Neighbourhood News

Planning Committee Gives Approval for Lenton Shisha Bar

On Wednesday 23 March 2022, Joseph Locker, Digital News Correspondent for the Nottingham Post reported that Nottingham City Council's Planning Committee had approved an application to concert the former Barclays Bank on Derby Road, Lenton into a restaurant and shisha bar. Objections to the proposal had been submitted by local residents, including those living in the Palmer Court independent living complex off Newgate Street, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Civic Society and residents' groups. This report follows on from the one posted by Anna Whittaker, Local Democracy Reporter, and Julian Turner, Content Editor, on 16 March 2022, which is also available on this page of the NAG website.

Application Submitted to Nottingham City Council For Extensions to 4 Hill Side/363 Derby Road to Facilitate Creation of Two Additional Six-Bed HMOs to Four Existing C4 HMOs

Nottingham City Council has received an application for permission to construct first floor extensions to the dwelling on the corner of Hill Side and Derby Road, Lenton in order to create two additional C4 HMOs (twelve additional bed spaces). The dwelling, originally a pair of cottages associated with Wollaton Hall, currently consists of a total of 18 bed spaces located in four C4 HMOs. UPDATE: 8 April 2022. Nottingham City Council has refused this application.

Planning Application Submitted for More Student Accommodation on Triumph Road

As reported in the Nottingham Post by Joshua Hartley on Thursday 24 February 2022, a planning application has been submitted by the Cassidy Group for permission to demolish the buildings on 2A Triumph Road and build a six-storey block providing accommodation for 169 students.