Major new Nottingham Homes housing estate on school field given green light
A significant new housing scheme on a former school playing field in Bestwood has been given the green light by planning bosses today. It means the 131-home scheme, brought forward by Nottingham City Homes, can now go ahead. It will be made up of 86 houses, 35 flats and 10 bungalows.
The land is located between Eastglade Road and Bala Drive East, while there will be two access points from Beckhampton Road.A range of bungalows, flats and houses are proposed for land that once served the old Padstow School, which was demolished after the school closed more than a decade ago. The “affordable rent” properties will also benefit from electric vehicle charge points. There will be 72 two-bed houses, 14 three bed, 35 one bed apartments, five one bed bungalows and five three bed wheelchair accessible bungalows.
Properties are a mix of one and two storey and the proposed nine blocks of apartments would all be three-storey in height.
Not all of the land on the former playing field site will be used for houses – some is being retained as open access public space. Detailed plans for the development were approved by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee unanimously today (Wednesday, August 19). However concerns were raised about the quality of the designs. Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis represents the Lenton and Wollaton East ward for Labour, and said: “I think one of the issues is that there is a lack of variation in the design.
“When you look at the way the buildings look it is very plain, I think they could add more decoration and more interest to the buildings, so I think they could do a bit more work.” Council planning officers assured Councillor Kotsonis that more architectural detail had been agreed since the CGIs were produced, to make the buildings look less ‘plain’.
Councillor Sally Longford, who also represents Lenton and Wollaton East ward for Labour, said: “I’m really pleased to see this development coming forward, I think it’s a real positive and and it’s good-quality desperately needed social housing in what looks like a very well-built estate. I’m also glad to see solar panels on the roofs.” Councillor Longford also raised worries about the location of the bins, but was told they would be placed in designated areas.
After the plans were put forward, Nick Murphy, chief executive at NCH, said: “There is a real need for new social housing in the city, our waiting list of Nottingham households seeking a council house is growing and we must work to create more homes for local people.
“There has been demand for homes in Bestwood and, if given planning permission, we will transform the old playing field into safe, warm and modern homes with good open space.
“The council has promised to build or buy 1,000 homes for social rent and these 131 homes, built on their behalf by NCH, will go towards reaching that target.”
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