Hundreds of homes have been built this year and hundreds more will be built next year in Nottingham.
A combination of private developments and new council housing is providing a wide range of different housing types to meet local resident needs.
This is one part of the significant changes that are underway in Nottingham, including new offices such as HMRC at Unity Square, the Broad Marsh car park and the Nottingham College City Hub, along with a number of private Purpose Built Student Accommodation developments.
All these developments are helping to enhance Nottingham’s reputation as a place in which to build and invest, creating jobs and supporting the local economy.
As a diverse city, Nottingham needs housing, which is suitable for families, older people, professionals, couples, single people, and students.
From affordable homes, council housing and homes for the homeless, to private residential developments to buy or rent and eco-friendly and sustainable housing, Nottingham City Council has a significant role to play in ensuring the city has enough, and the right type of housing to meet all those needs, whether acting as landlord, housing provider or planning authority.
During 2021, hundreds of new homes have been built all over the city, with many more in the pipeline.
Some of the private residential developments, which are either already underway or have completed in the Nottingham over the past year include:
- Lace Market Point: 90 apartments completed on the former Shell filling station on London Road roundabout for private rent
- 115 homes are currently being developed on Short Hill and High Pavement ranging from one bed to three bed apartments for private rent
- In February, construction on nearly 350 private residential apartments on the former Network Rail site on Queen’s Road began. The mixed development will comprise of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units.
- 62 one and two bed homes are nearing completion at Hindle House on Traffic Street, close to Nottingham Castle.
In addition, many homes for sale have or are being built across the city, to cater for those looking to own their own home. They include homes at Woodborough Road in Mapperley, 110 homes at the former Denewood Centre in Aspley,and in Wollaton, new homes at both Martins Reachand 110 homes on the former Siemens site.
Not everyone wants or can afford to buy their own home. Some need the flexibility the private rented sector can provide, others need lower rents or the security and stability that social housing offers.
Nottingham City Council, along with its arms-length housing management company, Nottingham City Homes (NCH), has already built 650 new council houses, with over 300 more planned or in the pipeline across Nottingham over the next two years. This year, new council homes have been completed at Daybrook Mews in Basford and Knights Close in Top Valley. Work has also begun on over 100 homes in Bestwood and 36 homes at Kieron Hill Court in Clifton.
The City Council also works with Registered Providers, who provide affordable housing for rent to help meet Nottingham’s needs. This year, it includes new homes by Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) at Tapestry Close in Mapperley.
Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage, Cllr Linda Woodings, at said: “We’re really proud that, despite increasing building costs and the Covid-19 pandemic, Nottingham continues to be seen as a place to invest and housing developments continue to be built.
“Sometimes, it’s easy to think that the only development happening in Nottingham is Purpose Built Student Accommodation or major schemes such as Unity Square, but actually a considerable number of residential homes have also been built across the city and many more are coming forward to help meet the growing and diverse needs of our residents.
“What some see as affordable homes might not always seem affordable to others, so building different types of quality homes at different prices, helps people find the home they want or need, without having to move out of the city. This helps to free up more affordable housing for those who need it and in turn, helps keep the local economy and housing market moving.”
Looking beyond 2021, and within easy reach of the city centre, hundreds of homes are planned to be built as part of the Island Quarter Development and long-held ambitions to create a new riverside residential neighbourhood with its own identity and character are already taking shape at nearby Waterside.
A whole new community is being built by Blueprint at Trent Basin, continuing to transform the area and acting as a catalyst for other developers to build hundreds of new homes. A planning application has also been submitted from ilke Homes for over 600 new homes, as part of a partnership with Boots, on an unused part of their headquarters site at Thane Road.