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Seven-storey student block on John Player factory site recommended for approval

Nottingham City Council has recommended that planning permission is approved for another new student development on the historic site of the former John Player factory in Radford.

The project involves the construction of a seven-storey Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), comprising 116 apartments with a total of 587 bedspaces. This development, submitted by Hyson Green Developments Limited, aims to transform a long-vacant brownfield site into a vibrant student living hub.

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Key Details of the Development

Application Number: 24/00076/PFUL3
Developer: Hyson Green Developments Limited
Location: Land Rear of Players Court and Radford House, Norton Street, Nottingham
Proposal: Erection of a seven-storey PBSA with 116 apartments (587 bedspaces), ancillary communal facilities, and landscaping.

The development will provide much-needed student housing, contributing to the ongoing regeneration of the Radford area.

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Financial Contributions and Planning Obligations

Due to viability constraints, the council has agreed to financial contributions below the standard policy requirements. The approved Section 106 Planning Obligation secures the following:

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  • Affordable Housing: £274,040
  • Public Open Space/Public Realm: £167,960

Additionally, the development will include a student management plan and a restriction on occupants keeping private vehicles within the city.


The site, part of the former John Player factory complex, is situated on the north side of Norton Street. It is surrounded by existing student accommodations, including Radford House, Adam House, and Burton House, all owned by the applicant. The area is well-served by public transport, with regular bus services to the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University campuses.

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Design and Features

The development features two blocks, Block D and Block E, configured in “flattened U” and “L” shapes, respectively. Key features include:

  • Block D: 405 bedspaces, a mix of studios and 3-10 bed cluster apartments.
  • Block E: 182 bedspaces, similar mix of accommodations.
  • Communal Facilities: Extensive amenities in Block D, including a lounge, study area, gym, spa, laundry room, and bike storage. Block E includes a ground floor lounge area.
  • Green Heart: A landscaped outdoor space between the new blocks and the existing buildings, providing a central hub for residents.

The design incorporates an industrial mill aesthetic, reflecting the historical significance of the site. The buildings are set back from the street to create a pedestrian-friendly environment with green planting zones.

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Community and Environmental Considerations

Consultations revealed mixed reactions. While the Nottingham Civic Society raised concerns about the impact on the area’s townscape, the proposal aligns with local planning policies promoting regeneration and sustainable development. The development includes measures to enhance biodiversity, with substantial landscaping and the installation of bat and bird boxes.

The matter will be discussed at a planning meeting on 19 June.

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