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Former Nottingham pub to become 27 apartments

Planning permission has been granted to turn a former Nottingham pub into flats.

The Grove, formerly known as the Grove Hotel, is a three-storey pub in Castle Boulevard built around 1886.

It has been vacant and boarded up for many years but now developers Carlton St Trading/Bmor Ltd want to transform the site into 27 apartments.

Councillors met at a planning committee on Wednesday, October 20, to decide whether the application should be given planning permission.

A previous application for a 38-bedroom student scheme, including the retention of the pub on the ground floor and a three-storey extension, was refused in 2018.

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This was due to the impact that the proposal would have on the community. That decision was later upheld at appeal.

The current scheme proposes the conversion of the existing building, together with a three/four storey extension, to provide 27 apartments, with one to two beds.

Nottingham City Council planning officers noted these apartments could be occupied by up to two students per unit without this constituting a change of use, but this is not typical student accommodation.

As a Build to Rent Scheme it is aimed at a different target market, with a particular focus in this area for employees at the Queen’s Medical Centre and the University of Nottingham.

The applicant is currently in discussion with Nottingham City Homes to manage the properties.

Cllr Michael Edwards (Lab), chair of the planning committee, said: “It is nice to see the site developed with some retention of the façade. It is a striking building.”

Planning officers said a suitable alternative for the site is limited and the application was “the right compromise.”

The application was passed by all councillors.

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