117 Lace Market new build apartments could get green light

Plans for 117 new apartments in Nottingham’s Lace Market area is expected to get the green light at a planning meeting today (July 19). 

Nottingham City Council’s Planning Committee will meet this afternoon and have recommended that planning permission is given to the residential scheme.

The development at Trivett Square proposes that 10 Short Hill and 56 High Pavement be transformed into shops and apartments.

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The scheme involves the creation of 117 apartments, comprising 8 studio flats, 43 one bed and 66 two bed apartments.

There plans include 117 apartments with basement car park, comprising change of use of rear of 9 Short Hill (plus additional floor to roof), change of use of 54-56 High Pavement, a new 5-storey building to Short Hill, a new 3/5/7-storey building to Malin Hill, demolition of 10 Short Hill (with the facade retained) and demolition of extensions at rear of 56 High Pavement.

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The plans

On the ground floor between the buildings would be a court yard area. In the basement level it is proposed to provide 27 car parking spaces, plant rooms and bin storage facilities. The basement car parking level would be accessed from Hollow Stone.

The buildings have previously been used as offices.

The Civic Society has objected to the scheme. The development impacts on four listed buildings, the Lace Market Conservation Area and the iconic view of the Lace Market Cliff. The main residential block facing onto Malin Hill is at least one storey too high in relation to the modern Trivett Square Building creating a horizontal wall effect instead of the varied scales and vertical proportions of the Georgian and Victorian listed buildings between which the new build is to be inserted.

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The height of the main block demonstrably interrupts the view of the medieval tower. The scheme will be seriously detrimental to the character of the Lace Market Conservation Area.

The City Archaeologist’s views: Initially concerns were raised in relation to the impact of the development on caves and Listed Buildings. As a result of changes being made to the scheme the cave to the rear of 56 High Pavement will be retained and no objections are raised to the scheme.

It is requested that details of a ground investigation and an archaeological evaluation assessment, together with appropriate recording, be secured through pre-commencement conditions. The site has high archaeological potential; four cave systems are known to exist in the vicinity of the site and it is located within the heart of the Saxon Borough (9th Century) and the later growth of the medieval town. It is also located on key routes from the River Leen. At Halifax Place (100m) east of the site iron age pottery was recorded during excavations.

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