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Plan for 95 apartments in historic British Waterways building given green light despite 'cramming and noise' fears


Plan for 95 apartments in historic British Waterways building given green light despite 'cramming and noise' fears

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Plans for 95 apartments in a Grade-II listed goods warehouse at the side of the Nottingham and Beeston Canal have been given the green light. The British Waterways building, one of the most prominent landmarks in the city, had originally been built around 1919 for the storage and loading of goods and materials onto canal barges.

Richard Thomas, the development director of H2O Urban, formed as a partnership between the building owner the Canal and River Trust and specialist partnership developer bloc group, said they were looking to make make full use of the space for the first time in decades.

Inside there will be 12 studio flats, 42 one-bedroom apartments and 41 two-bedroom apartments, including the construction of a rooftop extension providing eight apartments. The developer must provide a Section 106 contribution, money which goes towards investment in the surrounding area, including £55,783 to educational needs, a £19,502 contribution towards public open space as well as a £3,714 contribution towards employment and training opportunities.

During a planning meeting at Loxley House on September 21 the development was approved with just one councillor opposing the plans. Councillor AJ Matsiko, who represents Sherwood, said he had issues with the Section 106 agreement as well as concerns over the size of the studio flats.

Speaking after the meeting he said: "There were issues with the Section 106 and cramming and as a council we have got a lot of financial strains. I would like there to be more housing and it is a good use for the building but I have to think of the numbers.

"The plans for the two-beds looked fine, but the studios did not look good enough. We did not see the one-beds. Developers need to respect the city."

The building was most recently known for housing Wetherspoon pub The Company Inn, but the establishment has closed. The Glee Comedy Club continues to operate from the building.

It had been known as the Trent Navigation Company warehouse, which was converted for leisure use as part of the 1996 Castle Wharf regeneration. Most councillors gave the plans the green light despite initial concerns.

Councillor Michael Edwards, the chairman of the planning committee who represents the Meadows, added: "One of the things that has to be considered is whether the properties on the roof will detract from the visual and beauty, but the large number of drawings shown in the presentation today show this probably won't be the case.

"What I would say is what a place to live. There is going to be so much life going on, there is so much life going on there, and it can be incredibly noisy at times.

"I have no doubt the people that want to sell the properties will want to demonstrate to people who want to buy it that the soundproofing has been addressed. This is an iconic building, a special place, terrific to see it here. Anxious that the obvious problems are addressed."

Written by Joseph Locker - Nottinghamshire Live.