DPP has secured planning permission at appeal, along with a full award of costs against Broxtowe Council, for a purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Beeston.
The development, consisting of 419 studio apartments varying in height up to 8-storeys, occupying a central site was originally refused in August 2022 despite a recommendation for approval.
Working on behalf of CassidyGroup, having initially secured a recommendation for approval, DPP led the appeal for the scheme designed by MaberArchitects. This development, which includes ground floor open plan commercial space, will see the completion of this allocated site following the completion of the Arc Cinema, opposite. With Nottingham City Council themselves declaring that there is a need for more high-quality student accommodation in and around Nottingham, this development will provide a significant contribution to this being within walking distance of Nottingham University’s main campus and with the tram stop being located immediately next to the site.
In securing the positive appeal decision, DPP successfully argued that the development would not result in unacceptable impacts on parking, that it would provide appropriate living conditions, and that it would have a positive effect on the town centre. In addition, DPP successfully argued that the actions of the council in seeking to defend the reasons for refusal were unreasonable and awarded full costs to the appellant, an extremely rare occurrence.
Discussing the success, Tom Molyneux-Wright, Principal Planner at DPP, said:
“We are proud of our team’s dedication and expertise in securing this planning permission at appeal. This decision highlights the positive impact of brownfield development on a central site, revitalising the area and providing much-needed student accommodation.”
Liam Brennan, Development Manager, at Cassidy Group said:
“We are pleased that our appeal has been heard and this overturned the Council’s previous decision. The appeal recognised the benefits of our scheme to residents and the community – as well as students”.