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Decision held on new River Trent apartments over developer paying towards community

Plans for a four-storey apartment block on the banks of the River Trent were delayed after the developer said it could not pay financial contributions for the local area as part of planning permission.

Developer Blueprint applied to build the homes on Trent Lane within the Waterside Regeneration Zone – where around 2,000 homes are set to be built over the next decade.

But the applicant said it could not provide Section 106 contributions or affordable housing on the site.

Section 106 money can be sought from developers towards costs of local infrastructure including education, open spaces and healthcare, to mitigate the impacts of bringing new residents to an area.

The plans were discussed at Nottingham City Council’s planning committee on April 19.

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The committee decided if the authority’s viability advisors agree that the developer cannot afford to pay Section 106 money, the plans will be approved.

The decision to delegate the matter was approved with one vote against.

Chair of the committee Cllr Michael Edwards (Lab) said: “It is disappointing when people can’t offer the full section 106.”

Planning documents for the apartment block said: “The proposed apartments block would contain seven one-bed apartments and 15 two-bed apartments.

“Access would be an extension to the existing access road, leading to a 23 space car park to the rear.”

It sits next to a neighbouring site that is also owned by developer Pelham Waterside Two LLP, and this larger site will be used for family housing.

According to planning documents, permission for a five-storey block on the site was approved back in 2020, but due to cost concerns the developer now hopes to secure permission for a four-storey block.

Pelham Waterside Two LLP’s plans come alongside separate proposals to transform the site, including through the building of luxury apartments as part of The Yacht Club development, as well as hundreds of homes in Trent Basin.

In the same meeting on April 19, city councillors also approved 110 new homes for the next phase of the £100m Trent Basin development.

The wider plans also include a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking the city to West Bridgford.

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