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Nottingham pub built in 1886 could become 27 apartments

Planning permission is expected to be 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.

The plan has been recommended for approval by officers at Nottingham City Council and a planning committee will meet to make a final decision next week.

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.

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

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

They state: “The Grove is an attractive Victorian building located in a prominent position. The building has been vacant and boarded up for a long period. Its retention and refurbishment as part of the proposed development is very much welcomed and would result in an enhancement in heritage terms.”

Officers have recommended that planning permission is granted. Councillors will make the decision at a planning committee on Wednesday, October 20.

Four residents have objected to the scheme, saying: “There is the belief that these will inevitably be occupied by students and therefore leading to a further exacerbation of students concentration in an area already suffering with an imbalanced community.”

One resident said it was a pity the pub could not be retained but that the scheme is better than leaving the site derelict as it currently stands.

Nottingham Civic Society added: “Nottingham Civic Society welcomes in principle the new use but has some design reservations about the scheme.

“The Grove building is now on Nottingham’s Local List because of its elaborate Edwardian architecture. Re-opening the ground floor entrances will help to enliven the street.”

 

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