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  Student Scheme Finally Passed After Mammoth Planning Battle

Student Scheme Finally Passed After Mammoth Planning Battle

Plans to redevelop the former Nottingham College campus in Beeston have finally been passed after a mammoth planning battle with Broxtowe Borough Planning Committee.

Nottingham based ALB Group, bought the Nottingham College campus on the town’s High Road, for an undisclosed sum back in 2020, and worked vigorously over the course of 10 months along with Simon Birch from CBP to find a scheme that the planning authorities were happy with and put forward for approval at the Planning Committee. 

The scheme which will see the site turned into 162 student apartments first went to a planning committee in July 2021, and was set aside until the next committee hearing in September.

Arran Bailey, managing director at ALB Group said:

"Despite having the full support of the planning officers and the head of planning at the committee last September, we lost out by one vote, and started the planning appeal process which has set us back 11 months.  It took a massive toll on the company, and it resulted in me having to let people go."

The plans, which were finally given approval on Monday, will see the main college building converted into student accommodation.

Arran Bailey, managing director at ALB Group, continued:

"We are over the moon to get to this point and happy that we have also been awarded costs. We are looking to get started as quickly as possible onsite. 

"It has been a long hard process to get to this point, but it has all worked out for us in the end. After a lot of heartache we can now finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and it has been a very hard journey."

Paul Brailsford’s (National Head of Planning and Environment) at Freeths LLP who advised on the planning appeal said 

“It is very pleasing that the Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to determine the appeal has granted planning permission so that the development can now proceed without further delay. The Inspector acknowledged the sustainable credentials of the proposal and following a thorough analysis of all of the issues concluded that there would be no unacceptable impacts on the local area noting that the Council had acted unreasonably in refusing planning permission as they had failed to provide any evidence to support their position. With the appellants costs for the appeal to be paid in full by the Council this is the best possible outcome.”

Simon Birch, Director at CBP Architects, said:

"CBP have supported ALB throughout the planning and appeal process and are delighted that the Planning Inspectorate has supported the application and awarded full approval. We are therefore now looking forward to moving the scheme onto the construction phase, assisting ALB to deliver a high quality student residential scheme, providing much needed accommodation and bringing with it the benefits to the local area and boosting local trade."

Arran continued:

“We are pleased to be involved in the transformation of the Beeston gateway. The site isn’t far from the Beeston Square development, which is a hive of activity, and home to The Arc cinema which opened in May 2021 as part of the Council’s long-term, £50million plans to boost Beeston town centre.

"We cannot wait to get started on site with immediate effect, and make up for lost time on this project.  It is our aim that the first apartments will be ready in September 2023."

For more information on ALB Group, please visit ALB Group

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