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Boots Island site: Step forward for huge Nottingham development

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Boots Island site – Plans for one of the largest development sites in the East Midlands have taken another step forward today after terms between the city council and developers Conygar was officially approved.

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The scheme would see a 630k square feet of offices, 907 apartments, a 194 room hotel, 666 student beds and a park running from one side to the other.

It would also re-open the canal basin, including cafes, shops and bars, and see new public squares throughout the 40-acre site.

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The development area has the canal and London Road to its west,  Manvers Street to its east, and bridges the gap between the city centre and Sneinton.

The development passed the first phase of the planning process last year when it was effectively given permission ‘in principle’.

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

Now, more detailed terms have been agreed that developers will have to work within if they are to build the project.

With a scheme so complex and with it being surrounded by a railway track on one side, the canal on another and roads on a third, the list of planning considerations is extensive and wide-ranging.

They include building crash barriers next to the railway tracks to avoid vehicles ending up on them, and a construction plan which aims to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

A full site assessment will also be carried out into what impacts there could be from the nearby Eastcroft Incinerator, which converts the city’s waste to heat and electricity.

Further, the council says if the developer chooses to have a biomass plant for heating and power generation, exact details of this will need to be approved before work can start.

Christopher Ware of Conygar said this was a significant step for the development.

He said: “We are really pleased to have reached an agreement on the Section 106 commitments with Nottingham City Council.

“We have already been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that the commitments can be met and that we are in a position to submit detailed planning for the first phase of work.

“This is a long-term, phased project, and we are committed to delivering a sustainable development where people desire to live and work.”

Councillor David Mellen is the leader of Nottingham City Council and represents the Dales ward for Labour.

He said: “The Island Quarter remains one of the largest redevelopment sites in the country right now and one that has lain derelict for too long.

“This is a major step in getting the site redeveloped into a fantastic new area for the city, with the first phase opening up a currently unwelcoming site to a great new community area, somewhere for people to relax and a new hotel close to Nottingham Station and our public transport hub, with more exciting phases to come.

“It’s pleasing to see that despite the uncertainty around the world at the moment, Nottingham continues to be an attractive place to develop, with the Island Quarter being the next big regeneration scheme in our £2bn Southside plans.”

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