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Seven student flats planned for Victorian house

A Victorian-style building in Nottingham could be converted into seven individual flats for students.

Azhar Mahmood has submitted the plans for the building at 281 Derby Road, Lenton, which comprises the PBP sign-makers on the ground floor and a residential flat spread over the two upper floors.

It is located next to the former P&J Hotel, which is temporarily closed.

The developer hopes to convert the building into accommodation for students.

Planning documents, prepared by GBD Design, say: “Although the commercial unit is not listed, the site lies within the Lenton Conservation Area boundary.

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“It sits abutting the former hotel, and feels a part of such at the end of the building block of Victorian era-style buildings.

“The original existing character, bar the new UPVC windows, has been
retained including the original Bulwell stoned front wall to the boundary of
Derby Road.

“The existing building envelope will be retained including all original features
as there are no extensions or external alterations proposed.

“Changes will all be internal to create the rooms required as part of this development, therefore being sympathetic to the building’s original character.”

According to the plans, it is proposed the property will contain three self-contained rooms on the ground and first floors, and a further single unit on the second floor.

The developer says the ground and first floors will be fitted-out with shared laundry facilities.

The plans, submitted to Nottingham City Council, come as the authority looks to introduce more Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the city centre.

This is being done in a bid to meet student housing demands, while also moving students out of Housing of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in residential areas and into accommodation built for the sole purpose of providing them with suitable living space.

Currently, the council has around 10,000 new student beds in its development pipeline, one of the largest pipelines outside of London.

Lenton’s residents comprise anywhere between 50 to 70 per cent students at any one time, according to data from the city council.

“The proposal is to provide for residential use, which it currently has in part,” planning documents add.

“As the unit sits adjacent to what appears to be a large shared accommodation unit, it would be apparently unsuitable for use as single-family living.

“The unit will be of low impact in terms of noise and disturbance to the area.

“It is therefore requested that the proposal be approved subject to any conditions the council considers appropriate to impose.”

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