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More student flats and new apartments planned near Nottingham Station

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Hundreds of new apartments and student flats could be built on land to the south of Nottingham Train Station.

The scheme is expected to be approved next week, and is one of a string of developments happening on the southern part of the city, known as the Southern Gateway.

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The mixed development, which will include privately-rented flats as well as student blocks, would be built on a vacant site near the Vat and Fiddle pub.

The land is bordered by Crocus Street, to the east by Arkwright Street, to the south by Meadows Way and to the west Sheriffs Way/Waterway Street West.

There was a warehouse on the western side of the site known as Victor House which was demolished to make way for the tram line which now passes along Meadows Way.

Two buildings would wrap around the edge of the site, and the student and private blocks would be seperated, with a pedestrian route in between the two buildings.

It would vary in height between four storeys and eight storeys, but the original plan was slightly scaled down.

It was initially proposed there would be 420 student beds and 177 private rental sector (PRS) apartments but, following negotiations the scheme has been amended to provide 420 student beds and 149 apartments.

The apartments will be made up of 59 two bed units, 75 one bed units and 15 studios.

Labour councillor Michael Edwards represents the area, and welcomed the scheme.

He said: “I’m optimistic about the potential for it, because we are looking for more accommodation for young people starting out in the world of work, and for students as well.

“Our universities do very well, and they are attracting young people for a quality education.

“We want to see that accommodation provided where there are good transport links.

“A lot of real effort has been put into this, in making it a design that works well, and involving community representatives, and talking about its value and what it’s going to do. We’ve been pleased with the way that’s been done.

“We also want to maximise the opportunity for something which helps the nearby Midway Shopping Centre, which is doing very well.

“It’s one of the only shopping centres of its kind which hasn’t got any vacant spaces.”

The scheme is within walking distance of a host of other significant developments happening in the south of the city.

As well as the new Broadmarsh bus station and shopping centre, there is a significant new student block planned on Waterway Street West, and two near the Hicking Building.

In addition, there a new regional headquarters for HMRC is planned opposite the train station, though this is yet to be given permission.

Building work is continuing on the new City College campus, which is opposite where the new bus station would be.

The scheme will be voted on at the city council’s planning committee on Wednesday, January 16.

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