Run down of new building

Proposed houses, flats and students rooms between Meadows Way and Crocus Street has prompted new questions about how new development should relate to the New Meadows, especially that of height.
As a substitute member of the Planning Committee I won’t make any judgements, but what follows is a quick run down of new building in The Meadows, along Crocus Street and Queens Road, Broadmarsh, Narrowmarsh, the Lace Market and Meadow Lane; plus what is not happening.

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** “Creswell” site: Houses, flats and students rooms between Meadows Way, Arkwright Street, Crocus Street and Sheriffs Way
Hundreds of homes (400-ish), pitched at young professionals and students, with no provision for cars.  Design by Stephenson Studio.  Public consultation has begun, application to be submitted in 3rd week of January and could be coming to Planning committee in April.  Claiming some inspiration from the Lace Market and proposed in a whitish brick.  Tapers down, but impact on neighbouring houses weren’t available at a public meeting.  Might need extra bus stops.

** Crocus Square: offices
Offices, under design, perhaps 8 stories high.

** Unity Square: offices and leisure between the railway line and Sheriffs Way
Three large and high blocks (perhaps 12 stories), with some provision for cars.  Outline planning permission agreed at Planning committee, but may have lapsed. Very proximate to railway station, tram stop and NCT Navy and Green.  If business customers can’t be found, developers might look for residential.

** Apartments between railway line and Traffic Street
40 apartments granted planning application, with parking.

** “Sentinel”: offices between Wilford Road and Traffic Street
Perhaps 8 stories; outline planning application, though may have lapsed.

** “Vantage”: Flats and students rooms between Waterway Street West, Wilford Road and Traffic Street
Hundreds of homes, pitched at students, with no provision for cars.  Public consultation has begun but more to be done and could be coming to Planning committee after April.  Designed in part to announce the start of the city centre on a trunk road, and proposing a high tower, much more to be done on the design.  Seems set to deny views of the castle to some households in Castlefields and Kinglake Place.  Might need extra bus stops.

** Hicking phase 2: houses, flats and students rooms between Crocus Street, Summer Leys Lane and the Nether Leen
350 flats, pitched at young professionals (so much so, might only bring an extra 8 children to local primary schools) with some provision for cars.  Red brick, with possibly some acknowledgement to the crocus in the design and naming.  Construction  has begun.  Proximate to the railway station, the tram stop and NCT Green buses.

** “The Laceworks”: flats and students rooms between Queens Road, Summer Leys Road and the Nether Leen DTSFanEX0AAK8ta
222 apartments, pitched at students and no provision for cars.  Agreed at Planning committee in dramatic black and yellow colours, but coming back to Planning committee in January with a new colour scheme.  Construction could start in March.  Proximate to the railway station, the tram stop and NCT Green & Navy buses.

** Apartments and flats between London Road Island and Pemberton Street
Hundreds of homes, pitched at young professionals, with no provision for cars.  Agreed at Planning committee but currently undergoing a “right to light” complaint process from the student block behind it.  Claiming a lot of inspiration from the Lace Market, 4 blocks, the highest of which reaches nine stories and proposes a metal sheet finish down the western side.

** Apartments and flats along Pemberton Street
Tens of homes, pitched at young professionals, with no provision for cars.  Not yet gone to Planning committee (CHECK) and currently undergoing some design changes.

** Apartments and flats between Short Hill and Malin Hill
Hundreds of homes, pitched at young professionals, with no provision for cars.  Agreed at Planning committee subject to getting the details of the views from Stoney Street and from London Road correct.
Fills one of the last 2 holes in the city centre made by the Nazis.

** “Boots Island”: huge site; mixed development
Might include 1500 homes.

** Houses and flats between Meadow Lane and the River Trent
Approved, then new owners and developers said they couldn’t build  as specified and a new design agreed at Planning committee.
I voted against the second set of proposals.

*** Smaller developments in The Meadows

** Mundella Building
To be converted into 10 houses.

** The Water Works,  Wilford Crescent East
25 houses agreed by Planning committee.

** Meadows Police Station
A 22 flats complex by Nottingham City Homes; no consultation yet.

** Clifton Welfare site
An 18 bungalow development by the council; design may be changed to meet EA flood defence expectations, cos of length of ramps required to serve enrances; no consultation yet.

*** What’s not happening

** Demolition of the Bridgeway shopping centre / The Precinct
Despite repeated whispers, there are no plans and no finance available for the demolition and re-siting of these shops; and haven’t been since the cancellation of £200m for the re-generation of The Meadows which was dropped by the coalition Government in 2010.

** Further Demolition of housing in the New Meadows
Despite repeated whispers, in part related to misunderstanding about Arkwright Walk, there are no plans and no finance available for the any further demolition; and haven’t been since the cancellation of £200m for the re-generation of The Meadows which was dropped by the coalition Government in 2010.

** Development at the former Collygate school, off Wilford Grove
Use of the land is with the owner, who may well seek new houses, but I am aware of no plans.

** Development at the former Three Bridges Inn, Gritley Mews
Use of the land is with the owner, who may well seek new houses, but I am aware of no plans.

*** Broadmarsh and Narrowmarsh

** Broadmarsh shopping centre
Plans agreed with Intu.

** Broadmarsh bus station and car park
Plans coming to Planning committee in February.

** New Nottingham College off New Popham Street in the Narrowmarsh
Plans coming to Planning committee in February.

*** TO BE UPDATED.
All off the top; I’ll update with a bit more detail soon. 

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Planning committee – September 2017

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Consideration of whether it’s better to have a path, grass and trees alongside the city side bank of the River Trent (with parking on the wide access road), or parking (for the next phase of new housing around Trent Basin).

Meanwhile an indication from the twin city of Minsk on how to boost the curve index of buildings.
Meanwhile, they’re still exploring building a new housing estate to be called Nottingham in a British style.

Streets paved with gold

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The Yorkstone on Barker Gate looks special in the sunlight after cleaning.
So bright at times, that you wonder whether the phrase came not from the story of Dick Whittington, or whether it wasn’t just a euphanism for making a living is easy, but just the use of Yorkstone.
The photo shows the difference between cleaned and uncleaned stone, highlighted by a local resident’s dog.

Black Boy Hotel exhibition

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Demolished in 1970 after Littlewoods bought the hotel in 1964, the hotel was designed by Watson Fothergill and opened in 1897.
People testify to how beautiful and splendid it was with the slightest prompt.
An exhibition is on at Nottingham’s Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall until the end of August and the highlight is a special model of the building as it was in the ’60s.
Displays tell the history of the hotel, including it being named after King Charles II, who had long black hair.

St.Mary’s and St.George’s Coptic Orthodox Church

A grade listed church on St.Matthias Road, off Carlton Road, in St.Anns; had become  pretty derelict and a focus for ASB; transformed in 6 years by the Coptic Orthodox church, who have 23 millions followers in Egypt.
Consecrated by their Pope, Tawdros II of Alexandria.
And it’s beautiful.  So beautiful.
Paintings and carvings; stories and conviction.
Worth seeing.
A special addition to the city of Nottingham.

Planning committee – March 2017

Supported a retail park in Clifton and a new supermarket in Bulwell as part of a strategy of encouraging retail near existing town centres, where the public transport is already serving.
New NCH housing in Lenton (on the old shopping centre site) is to have solar pipes (looking like chimneys) as part of revisions bringing detail and decoration to make the homes more attractive.
Turns out the planning team won a regional award for their work earlier this month.

Planning committee – February 2017

Permission was granted for the conversion of the Mundella Centre into a block of 10 houses was granted.  There’s no credible request for the retention of the centre for education and was starting to be damaged by vandals.  The new residents will be able to claim parking permits, so the use of parking in the area may change, although the developers would be expected to pay.
The proposal for the Trent Works site was withdrawn.
A proposal to rejuvenate offices on Houndsgate, with a number of social care and housing services coming to the offices, near to Nottingham Castle was approved.  We agreed, even though the Housing Aid office does have a number of incidents every year, but there were no planning powers to prevent the move.  We did require a management plan to reduce the number of incidents and to mitigate the impact of anything that went wrong.
The next phase of the Trent Basin development proposes a pleasant area to walk along by the river, by 5 sets of mews houses in the middle looked a bit brutal.