Following on from the articles in the Nottingham Post by Peter Hennessy (Monday 15 February 2021) and Jamie Barlow (Tuesday 9 February 2021), also reproduced below, Ben Cooper, writing on Thursday 18 February 2021 reported that at its meeting on Wednesday 17 February 2021 Nottingham City Council's Planning Committee granted outline planning permission for the development of a 270 bed student purpose built block on Triumph Road, close to its junction with Derby Road.

New student flats for former John Player warehouse in Lenton given initial go-ahead

The updated plans include an extra 66 residential units in the building

A new student accommodation building with up to 270 bedrooms has moved one step closer to getting the green light from Nottingham City Council. 

Members of the City Council’s planning committee have granted outline planning permission to the development on Triumph Road in Lenton, clearing the way for more detailed proposals to be submitted for final approval.

Three councillors on the committee voted against the proposals, on various grounds including concerns over the lack of parking space for cars and bicycles, and the potential of increased levels of antisocial behaviour in the surrounding area.

The committee was considering an updated application to develop new student accommodation on the site of the former John Player warehouse on Triumph Road, part of University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus, led by developer Cassidy Group

Addressing the committee meeting on Wednesday February 17, Nottingham City Council area planning manager Rob Percival, who recommended approval of the plans, laid out the details of an updated version of the proposals, which includes 66 more residential units than were originally listed in the scheme.

The new proposals would see 270 units being built on the site, up from the original 204, an increase which Mr Percival said would enable the council to better meet the high levels of demand for purpose-built student housing in the city.

Mr Percival said: “We have a desire for purpose built student accommodation so in many ways the more that can be provided efficiently within this building the greater we are at reaching the level we need globally.”

However one member of the committee, Pavlos Kotsonis, Councillor for Lenton and Wollaton East ward, said that he would be voting against approving the outline proposals with the extra units, the inclusion of which he said could lead to an increased risk for residents in the surrounding area.

“I’m afraid that the increase of units by 66 will cause issues of antisocial behaviour in the community it’s located in,” he said.

Councillor Graham Chapman, vice chair of the planning committee, also expressed concerns over the implications for the levels of commercial industrial property in the city, and the potential that approval would set a precedent that would mean “the rest of Triumph Road is going to end in the same place”.

The developer will now return to the committee with detailed proposals, which will need to be approved before building works can get underway.

New student flats for former John Player warehouse in Lenton given initial go-ahead - Nottinghamshire Live

Decision expected on fresh plans for 270-bed student accommodation at former warehouse in Lenton

More beds have been added along with a number of other changes

A decision on fresh plans for a 270-bed student accommodation building in Nottingham will be made this week.

The development, which would take place on Triumph Road in Lenton at the former John Player warehousing site, has been recommended for approval when it goes before Nottingham City Council's planning committee.

The project was initially approved by council in February last year and a number of changes to the site now also look set to also be approved by the authority.

The warehouse at the site, which has been boarded up for the past decade, has been knocked down in order to make way for the new development.

Falling within the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus, applicants Cassidy Group want to build four cluster bedroom flats, 183 studio flats and 17 one bedroom flats within the complex.

The number of beds on offer at the accommodation has been increased from the original plans from 204 to 270.

The building will now be five storeys and will include more cluster flats rather than studios. The number of car parking spaces has been reduced from nine to six, while storage for 72 bikes has been provided - a new substation has also been added to the site.

Concerns have been raised by a local councillor about the number of beds and lack of facilities provided by the development which they say "lacks any imagination".

A report, submitted to the planning committee before the meeting, states: "Whilst it is acknowledged that the total number of bedrooms has increased, the revised scheme creates a more varied mix in the type and size of accommodation, significantly increases the amount of communal space and has led to an overall reduction in the footprint and volume of the building."

It continues: "The proposed PBSA scheme is considered to be acceptable in terms of its location, number of bedrooms and the quality of accommodation proposed."

The planning committee at Nottingham City Council will decide whether to grant the application on Wednesday, February 17.

Decision expected on fresh plans for 270-bed student accommodation at former warehouse in Lenton -Nottinghamshire Live

*Lenton warehouse site cleared where new student flats planned

Conservationists opposed the proposed demolition

 A boarded up warehouse in Lenton has been knocked down to make way for a new student flats complex.

The site had been boarded up for about a decade and redevelopment plans were tabled in 2019 to knock down a former textile warehouse and tyre depot.

The plot in Triumph Road has been cleared, as pictures show, with developers having been given the go-ahead in principal to build a H-shaped student flats block on the land comprising 204 bedrooms.

Conservationists from Nottingham Civic Society had objected to the proposed demolition.

A city council planning report at the time read: "They object to the demolition of the Art Deco building designed by Reginald W Cooper, the architect of the Savoy Cinema in Lenton and the listed Capitol cinemas in Radford.

"They consider that this confirms the local significance of Cooper's early 20 century architectural legacy.

"The appearance of the building has been affected by replacement windows and a general air of neglect, however they consider that its curving Art Deco features - particularly the prominent semi-circular stair tower - conveys considerable architectural character and distinction.

The Civic Society believes the front range of the building could be renovated and incorporated into a redevelopment of the remainder. The Civic Society considers that the building should be added to the Local List of buildings of architectural importance."

After the plans came to light, Hilary Silvester, executive chair of the Civic Society, said: "We would want any new building to be well-designed because we do feel that sometimes buildings are just thrown up to make a bit of money.

"We would like to see that any new buildings are appropriately designed and look attractive and that they are internally suitable for purpose - but they do in fact add to the urban streetscape and they enhance it."

The plans, submitted by applicant Mr Michael Johal, were submitted after previous redevelopment proposals for the site never progressed.

Lenton warehouse site cleared where new student flats planned - Nottinghamshire Live


The history behind this application is complex and illustrates well the competing priorities of student housing, university expansion, 'economic and social' benefits to the City of Nottingham and its vibrancy, with the very obvious loss of good-quality family homes, and the responsibilities of the Council and the universities to those people, who, unlike the landowners, agents, investors and developers of student accommodation, have invested much more than money in the bricks and mortar of the so-called 'studentified' neighbourhoods they and their families live in.

Comments posted on the Nottingham Post website associated with the report by Peter Hennessy are copied at the end of this note.

The papers submitted  to the Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 17 February 2021, can be viewed on the Council's website at

 Agenda for Planning Committee on Wednesday, 17th February, 2021, 2.30 pm - Nottingham City Council

These papers contain a pocket summary of the objections submitted by the NAG  at every stage of this proposal. Details may be requested by mailing the NAG at contact@nottinghamaction.org.uk.

Nottingham Post Website Comments 

Garden Tiger: This application shows a total disregard for the local area, including the sheltered accommodation alongside it. The area is already swamped with students and tired of the problems too many concentrated here bring. Contrary to what too many councillors and council officers will claim, the building will do nothing to reduce the pressure on family homes or help to restore HMOs to family use and rebalance the community - the mantra that we too often hear as the excuse for these developments.. The building has no architectural merit and in its ugliness merely apes all the other non-designs of student accommodation. Neither does it provide decent accommodation for the students. Yet more en-suite rooms without space to swing the proverbial cat, and the social space provision is laughable. Why that many bike spaces? It is a short walk to University park and an even shorter walk to Jubilee. Why does the university continue to the admit more and more students without providing somewhere on its extensive campuses for them to live, and lead the way in showing what can be done with this type of housing, both for now and in the future when should the bubble burst we will be left with ugly buildings that cannot be easily adapted for other use? Take a look at Nottingham's 1960's offices - admittedly now being redeveloped as student accommodation - but what of the future. What can you convert an office block cum student block into when it is no longer needed or popular. A lesson that no one wants to learn because everyone is too busy looking at the vibrant money that students bring to the city centre, and ignoring everything else.

peteralfred: It is faceless lacks character and the architects obviously have no taste and all they are seeing is Pounds Shillings and Pence . Shame on Nottingham City Council if the pass this eyesore.

NottsLife0115: Looks like a good prison site for the student first years to be crammed into.

One day they will realise they've built too much student housing and there arent enough students to fill them. Then they'll wonder why no non students move in... before you know it the tumbleweed creeps onto the stage.

forest12: I looked up Nottingham in the Dictionary today and it said definition Student City.

Jamesbund: That’s right cram them in.... get as much money out of them as possible. I’m sure the council sympathisers #flatfoot1 will be quick to back council/planning decision!