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.
Future of 'iconic' pub confirmed as demolition plan for Radford brewery put forward
Student flats are due to be created in the brewery's place
An inner-city brewery is set to be knocked down for student flats and could relocate, but an 'iconic' pub at the site is expected to continue trading.
According to proposals sent to Nottingham City Council, the development has been driven by the need for Nottingham Brewery to move because it has "outgrown the site".
The first phase of the plan to revamp the site in St Peter's Street, Radford, is to build two six-bedroom properties to the front of the plot.
The second phase is expected to remove the brewery business, with work proposed to demolish a single-storey part of the existing building. Part of the garden associated with The Plough Inn, based at the site, is set to be revamped.
Directors of the brewery said the business had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit - and said they were looking to secure the future of the firm. But they said that the pub will continue to trade on site.
Philip Darby, managing director of Nottingham Brewery, said: "We were hit very, very hard by Covid, by the lockdown situation, because the brewery was considered manufacturing and not part of the hospitality sector.
"We did not receive any grant for the brewery itself. Pubs did and retail outlets did but we did not.
"Because we are a limited company and then what is called dividends, we, as directors, did not receive any furlough.
"We have been in some financial stress to get through. My fellow directors and I are of an age where we have been looking to retire and the brewery has been on the market for some time."
But the economic uncertainties of the last few years have meant the company has changed its strategy for the future.
"During Brexit uncertainty, it was a very hard market to try and sell a functioning business, a profitable business, and then along came Covid," said Mr Darby, 65.
"So effectively three years down the line we have had to change our strategy to look to a future for the brewery and for the pub at the same time.
"The fact is there's an L-shape of land around the pub. The pub will remain as it is: a traditional pub run in a traditional manner.
"We will be selling [the land] with planning permission for student flats.
"The brewery business will relocate to a site very close to where it is now - more space for our future plans to move into kegging, canning and bottling [to sell] small package product as opposed to what we do now.
"At the moment we just do bulk packaged product which means barrels and casks as opposed to barrels, cans and kegs."
Mr Darby clarified the brewery business is yet to be sold but there is 'significant interest' and that they 'cannot afford to relocate unless the land is sold'.
The brewery, which has been at the site in St Peter's Street since 2000, will still own the pub, which Mr Darby described pub as "iconic" and "one of the few traditional pubs let in the city".
The plans for the redevelopment have been submitted by applicant Oak Property Investments Ltd.
A planning application (21/01510/PFUL3) has been submitted for retention of the existing public house, with demolition of the single storey brewery building and associated structures followed by the construction of seven student accommodation dwellings: two six-bed and five four-bed properties. For details visit:
21/01510/PFUL3 | Demolition of the single storey brewery building and associated structures followed by the construction of 7 student accommodation dwellings. Retention of existing Public House. | The Plough Inn 17 St Peters Street Nottingham NG7 3EN