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Eight-storey Beeston development gets green light after Cassidy Group appeal

Developer Cassidy Group has been given the green light to continue with plans for an impressive mixed-use scheme in Beeston town centre.

The eight-storey scheme is set to breathe life into the derelict site in Station Road, and boost Beeston’s economy with retail and commercial units as well as state-of-the-art student accommodation.

Cassidy’s planning application for the scheme – submitted in May 2022 – was turned down by Broxtowe Borough Council last July because councillors had concerns around parking, the massing of the building, and questions around its sustainability.

But the decision has been overturned following the developer’s appeal – and the scheme is to go ahead.

Liam Brennan, of Cassidy Group, said: “We want to reassure the Beeston community that we are committed to creating a building which will benefit the local area a great deal – using sustainable materials and being sensitive to the town centre in terms of what is already there.

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“As we have said before, our scheme will offer something fantastic for local students who are currently living in houses in multiple occupation (HMO) in Beeston and this can create problems for people trying to buy in the town.

“Our scheme will help free up homes for families to live in and encourage the use of public transport. Beeston has fantastic infrastructure, and the new development is designed to enhance that. We’re excited to see this site, which has sat derelict for so long, finally be the home of something exciting for Beeston.”

Sam Liam added: “We are obviously pleased that our appeal has been heard and this overturned the council’s previous decision. The appeal recognised the benefits of our scheme to residents and the community – as well as students.

The student scheme will rely heavily on Beeston’s extensive public transport network and is within walking distance of the University of Nottingham campus, Beeston train station, and the town’s thriving restaurants and bars.

There are currently no Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) buildings in Beeston, meaning that students living in Beeston reside in family homes, converted into flats or HMOs.

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