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Plans to demolish Virgin Media offices in Nottingham for 80 new-build homes

Developers want to tear down a former Virgin Media office block and build more than 80 homes between Sneinton and Colwick.

Nottingham City Council is to decide the proposals at a planning meeting on Wednesday, 22 December.

Planning officers have recommended approval is granted.

The site called Diamond Plaza in Daleside Road was used by Virgin Media as offices and a technical hub which supplied a large part of the East Midlands with fibre optic broadband services.

The offices have been vacant since December 2019, but the technical hub remains active.

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Developers want to create 82 homes with parking and landscaping on the site.

The application proposes the demolition of the majority of the existing office buildings, but with the partial demolition of one of the buildings to allow for the retention of the technical hub.

The proposed redevelopment of the site would then comprise of 40 one and two-bed apartments in four-storey pitched roof buildings to the south-west of the site and 42 two and three-bed houses in two and three-storey pitched roof buildings on the remainder of the site.

The applicant proposes that the homes would be offered in a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent tenures.

Residents living in the area who have commented so far are mostly in favour of the application.

One said: “The principle of the residential development of this site is welcomed and we hope with time that a community will thrive. The project should in time become an asset to the area.”

Another added: “Overall I am supportive of the site being used for social housing and like the design. However, it is on a busy and noisy road with traffic continuing through the night.”

Councillors will need to consider whether the application is a loss of employment land. A decision will be made on December 22.

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