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'.
Concern city suburb could become 'overpowered by tall buildings' as more plans unveiled
The Civic Society called for 'breathing space' between buildings
Accommodation for 91 students is set to be built on a city car park - next to where a controversial 13-storey tower block has just got planning permission.
But concerns have been raised that the area will be "overpowered by tall buildings".
Hilary Silvester, executive chair of the Nottingham Civic Society, spoke of her concerns after developers put forward their detailed plans for the site at the junction of Cowan Street and Bath Street, on the city centre's border with St Ann's.
The car park has outline planning permission for a seven-storey development comprising of 42 flats and 91 student beds, meaning the development has been given approval to be built in principle.
Godwin Developments have now taken the next step in the planning process by tabling proposals relating to the layout, appearance and landscaping of the project.
The land is located next to a site where the same developers have just been given the go-ahead to redevelop the disused Royal Mail sorting office on the corner of Bath Street, to knock down the degraded property and build a 13-storey complex with 692 beds.
This development is known as The Bendigo Building.
Ms Silvester said there had already been "lots of comments" about how "intensive" The Bendigo Building could be, saying she was concerned the area could become "overpowered by tall buildings" in light of the detailed plans submitted for the Cowan Street project.
"I think there's a feeling among Nottingham residents, and particularly in this area, that, really, they have more than enough students," she said.
"With The Bendigo Building it's too intensive.
"[It makes] the whole area very much, I would say, quite sort of overpowered by tall buildings.
"You do need a bit of, if you like, breathing space between these buildings."
She said it felt like the city centre was becoming "overwhelmed" by the volume of students.
"To a large extent, during the university vacations they may well be empty buildings, unless they let them on short leases to people," she added.
People in the area gave their thoughts on the latest proposals.
Retired teacher Cathleen Smith, who is 60 and lives in Arnold, said: "As long as the student accommodation is affordable, I think it’s a great idea."
While University worker Daniel Sims, 26, said: "It's better than the site being abandoned.”
A spokeswoman for Godwin Developments said: "We’re excited to bring forward our plans for a dedicated student living scheme at Cowan Street, which – together with The Bendigo Building – will support the growing need for student accommodation in Nottingham.
"Our application is seeking to define the appearance and landscaping of the scheme which already has outline approval for 91 beds.
"Residents living at Cowan Street will have access to their own reception and amenity space and the neighbouring The Bendigo Building will also include a spacious reception area, gym, landscaped garden, games room and study spaces.
"The seven-storey scheme at Cowan Street will consist of four and five-bed clusters with ensuites and shared kitchen spaces.
"There will also be accessible rooms and a commercial unit for the benefit of residents and the local community.
“The design of our Cowan Street development complements The Bendigo Building and includes tree and shrub planting to create a cohesive and engaging street scene which will breathe new life into this under-utilised brownfield site.
"It also responds to the council’s low carbon ambitions with the inclusion of solar panels on the roof and a variety of sustainable measures built into the design."
Proposals for The Bendigo Building were "reluctantly" granted approval by councillors earlier this month.
The city council decision came after protestors took it upon themselves to sunbathe in part of a city park they claimed would be cast in the shadow of the large block.
See also the report on planning permission for the Bendigo Building referred to in the article:
and also on this website: