A vision for a regeneration of Nottingham’s Waterside area complete with tram links, new homes, a school and bridge links have been drawn up in a new document.
Nottingham’s tram route could be extended, a school built, a tram extension added, and hundreds of new homes created as part of the city council’s masterplan to regenerate the Waterside area.
A riverside path, a river crossing and a primary school are also part of Nottingham City Council’s vision to create a new Waterside neighbourhood and connect it with the city centre.
The vision for Waterside is for it to become an aspirational, thriving neighbourhood complete with waterside living, family homes, leisure and retail opportunities as well as providing new green infrastructure.
The first phase of new housing development is already complete at Trent Basin and phase 2 is due to begin in the early part of 2018. Trent Basin is a new development comprising of low energy contemporary homes and apartments, located on the banks of the River Trent overlooking a unique inland dock. It is a waterside community that is design-led, with streets that prioritise people over cars and a focus on the sustainable.
The idea is to make better use off the River Trent and the city’s heritage.
Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning and housing at Nottingham City Council, said: “We have long-held ambitions to develop the Waterside area close to the city centre, which has started to get underway with the development of Trent Basin.
“We want to see a new sustainable community created alongside the River Trent between Trent Bridge and Colwick Park, and the whole area connected with the city centre and adjoining neighbourhoods including Sneinton and The Meadows.
“Our Waterside Supplementary Planning Document sets out the scale of this ambition and gives future developers guidance on how to meet our aspirations, as well as some of the specific things we would like to see developed in this area, including high quality new homes, a new school, preserving and enhancing the unique riverside location and green space and developing new transport links.
“This is at the early stage of a process which needs the Supplementary Planning Document to be approved by Executive Board before a consultation gets underway. We would then be working with developers and landowners to implement development schemes in line with our planning guidance.”
Nick Ebbs, chief executive of Nottingham real estate developer Blueprint, said: “It’s incredibly exciting. There is a lot of thought and a lot of content that has gone into it.
“The document is seeking to regenerate a much neglected bit of Nottingham and to connect, or start building connections, between the river and the city centre. It is not a big distance but it has been cut off by this No Man’s Land for many decades and this will help to fill that gap.”
The council says in its plans:
‘Waterside will become a major new sustainable community for the city with its own identity and character. Located close to the city centre, it will provide a unique urban environment, providing the best of urban lifestyle in a modern, safe, vibrant and attractive riverside setting.
‘As a residential-led development, with a large proportion of family housing to attract families back to the city, it will provide homes in a high quality environment. New homes will add to the quality and range of housing available in the area, and the new neighbourhood will connect’ with the city centre, and adjoining communities including Sneinton and the Meadows.
‘High quality public realm will create an appropriate setting for new development and this will be crucial to the success of the regeneration of the Waterside. Central to this will be the new Riverside Path and its associated green infrastructure, providing an attractive and continuous open space for walking and cycling along the north bank of the River Trent.
‘Such large scale regeneration will raise the profile and image of the whole city, whilst enhancing the reputation of Nottingham as a place to live, work and visit. Regeneration benefits will be felt in the local communities as well as the rest of city and wider area.’