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14,000 homes on 60 Nottingham sites in 10-year plan

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In the next few years, thousands of new homes are expected to be built across Nottingham.

From blocks of apartments to new-build housing estates, homes will continue to pop up in all corners of the city, from Bestwood to Clifton and from the banks of the Trent to the Stanton Tip.

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There are 60 sites allocated for new homes, which the council says will create a minimum of 7,344 homes, and a maximum of 8,647.

On top of this are other, smaller sites not included in the local plan, which the council estimates will bring the total number of houses built, between 2018 and 2028, to 13,728.

The plan, which is expected to be approved on Monday, January 13, allocates where Nottingham City Council would like new homes to go, making it easier for developers to get planning permission there.

It doesn’t guarantee planning permission, or that developer will want to build there, but it does make approval more likely.

The plan itself has been a long time in the making, and has been consulted on already, and approved by the Government inspector, with the final sign off expected from the council next week.

Here are seven of the largest new housing sites included in the council’s long term plan for the city.

Stanton Tip – Hempshill Vale, Bulwell
Just to the north of Phoenix Park tram stop, the former Babbington Colliery site could eventually see 500 new homes, although the council expects a maximum of 350 to be built before 2028.

It’s a brownfield site, but historic contamination and coal mining make it a more difficult site to build on.

However, being so close to a former colliery could also come with advantages. It’s one of the sites being considered for a pioneering new scheme which would involve pumping water from the old mines up to the surface.

This water is warm because it’s so deep underground, and could then be used to heat the new homes in an environmentally-friendly way.

Transport-wise, the site is very well situated, being immediately next to the park and ride at Phoenix Park.

Chalfont Drive – Former Government Buildings, Beechdale
Already, newly-built houses have sprung up on this site, but more are still being built.

This site has planning permission for 475 dwellings of which 151 were completed at the time the Local Plan was put together, leaving 324 to be delivered.

Since then, most of the homes have now been built but some are still in the pipeline.

Immediately next to the new homes is the Nottingham War Rooms, a cold war-era bunker designed to keep the Government functioning in the event of a nuclear attack.

Known as a Regional Seat of Government, control over the ‘North Midlands’ would have stemmed from the building, which is now Grade II listed.

Former Padstow School site, Bestwood
This is technically three different sites, but all are so close to each other that they effectively form one long development, separated only by a couple of roads and a handful of houses.

One of the sites is the former Padstow School itself, while the other two are its detached playing field.

The council says the aim is to create a community that is fully integrated with the neighbouring communities, and contributes towards the improvement of the whole area, delivering more economic activity including training and employment including training and construction jobs.

The larger site will take longer to build but it is envisaged that it will be fully complete in 2021.

A total of 420 homes will be built – 60 on the Ridgeway playing field, 80 on the Beckhampton Road playing field, and 240 on the former school site.

Boots site, near Beeston
As the main site of the county’s largest business, this is an enormous, and already well-developed site between the canal and the train line.

But there are brownfield sites remaining, and the council estimates a total of 1,150 houses could be built here, as well as new employment buildings with a focus on high-tech jobs, and possibly even student accommodation.

To complicate matters, the site is spread across borders, with part in Nottingham City Council’s patch and the other in Broxtowe Borough Council.

The city council’s plan estimates 260 homes could be built on its part of the land.

The council says: “Proposals (for planning permission) should be carefully designed to complement the existing attractive buildings, the ‘campus style’ layout and to ensure there are no adverse impacts on the historic environment.

“The significance and setting of the Grade I and II* listed buildings on site should be preserved.”

According to Historic England, the Boots D10 building, which was Grade I listed in 1971, is ‘of international interest and is widely regarded as the most significant icon of British Modernism.’

“It is an outstanding example of the ‘daylight’ factory model, on a scale not seen in England before.”

The much-lauded D10 building is a stone’s throw away from the D6 building (also Grade I), D90, which is Grade II* and D34, which is a Grade II building.

Waterside, South Nottingham
Not just new housing, this is touted as a new riverside neighbourhood on the banks of the Trent, starting from opposite the City Ground and stretching all the way downstream to Colwick Country Park.

The development will be tied together by a wide pedestrian and cycling path next to the river, which will start from Trent Bridge and end at the country park.

This could also be connected to a brand-new footbridge from Trent Basin to Lady Bay.

A total of 1,166 homes could be built here, split across five different development sites.

Trent Basin’s riverside homes in Phase Two

The Local Plan also includes provision for everything a riverside community could possibly need – new entertainment venues, bars, shops, restaurants, and offices.

Clean energy production is also likely to be a focus, especially given the Trent Basin development already has Europe’s largest community battery, built by Tesla, on the site.

‘Boots Island’, City Centre
In terms of scale, this is likely to be one of the largest developments not just in the city, but possibly in the Midlands over the next few years.

A masterplan for the area is expected shortly, which will set out where things will go.

Terje Width (L) and Christopher Ware (R) on the new cycle path on the Boots Island site

The site – within easy walking distance from the city centre – has been dormant for decades, but development company Conygar Investment Company PLC has bold ideas.

The local plan includes provision for a five-star hotel, top-spec office space, retail units, conference facilities and up to 650 houses.

Hawksley Gardens, Clifton
One of the more controversial sites, in part because of its proximity to a conservation area, a registered historic park and garden and the Grade I listed Clifton Hall.

A maximum of 278 houses could be built here, but the council says the development should be sensitive to the neighbouring historic environment and heritage assets.

It also says: “The careful layout of open/greenspace/allotments could also help to protect both the setting of heritage assets and avoid adverse impacts.”

Outline planning permission was granted for the site in December 2018, despite several concerns being raised by both councillors and residents.

After outline permission has been granted, full planning permission is required, to nail down the finer details of the development.

What does the council say about the local plan?
Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, Labour councillor Linda Woodings, said: “The Local Plan provides guidance to developers on what could be built where, and how it should be developed, setting out the city’s vision and helping to shape how the city develops over the next ten years and beyond.

“Housing is obviously a major consideration in the plan and there needs to be a mix of different housing types so people living or moving to Nottingham can get onto and up the housing ladder.

“We are keen to see more family housing in neighbourhoods, more affordable housing, more sustainable housing, as well as developments with open spaces, amenities and transport links.

“The sites identified in the plan are not necessarily owned by the council or will definitely be developed – but as the city grows and attracts new employers, it’s important we plan for large-scale housing development.

“There are other smaller sites not earmarked in the plan which will also bring more properties onto the local housing market and contribute towards the council’s aim of buying or building 1,000 council or social homes to rent over the next five years.”

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