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

More Plans for Student Accommodation Submitted to City Council

On Tuesday 23 November 2021, Ellie Danemann, writing in the Nottingham Post, reported residents' reactions to a planning application by CBD Architects for student accommodation at Canning Circus, off Talbot Street.

Covid-19: Nottingham University & Nottingham Trent University Say Students Treated Unjustly

Ben Cooper, writing in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 13 October 2021, reported on an interview with the registrars of Nottingham's two universities in which they said residents, public bodies, including the Council and the Police unfairly blamed students for the spread of Covid in the city last autumn. Also, a follow up article by Ben Cooper on 17 October 2021.

Nottinghamshire Public Health Expect Speed Up In Rise in Covid-19 Cases When Students Return To Nottingham

On Saturday 18 September 2021 Jack Thurlow, writing for the Nottingham Post, reported that officials anticipate a rise in cases of Covid-19 when students return to Nottingham. However, it was stressed that Nottingham's universities are better equipped to deal with the spread of the coronavirus than a year ago. Other factors, such as the return of children to school, are also likely to increase transmission of the virus and therefore the number of cases of Covid-19.

Latest Neighbourhood News

Preparatory Work for Unite 700 Bed PBSA on Derby Road Begins

Joshua Hartley, writing in the Nottingham Post on Thursday 2 December 2021, reported that demolition is under way of the car showrooms on Derby Road in preparation for the redevelopment of the site as 700 bed student accommodation by Unite. The site is seen as a good location by students and that 'it's all students around here already really. It was also reported that 'people living in the area mostly approved of the ongoing project'.

Overflowing Bins & Dead Rats in Lenton's 'Ruined' Neighbourhoods

On Friday 26 November 2021, Nottingham Post Community Reporter, Olimpia Zagnat, reported on residents' anger at the 'absolutely disgusting' scenes in streets 'ruined' by overflowing bins an dead rats.

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.