Civic So­ci­ety against of­fice plan


Nottingham Post - - BUSINESS - By BEN REID

A BLOCK of Not­ting­ham Vic­to­rian build­ings could be de­mol­ished to make way for a state-of-the-art of­fices - if plans are given the green light next week.

A city coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee will meet to dis­cuss the proposal to de­mol­ish 11-19 Sta­tion Street in favour of build­ing the new of­fice block with un­der­ground park­ing and a roof plant area.

The com­mit­tee will meet on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss the proposal and plan­ning of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended the plans are granted per­mis­sion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is be­ing brought to the plan­ning com­mit­tee be­cause “it re­lates to a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment on a prom­i­nent site where there are im­por­tant de­sign and her­itage con­sid­er­a­tions.”

If ap­proved the new build­ing would pro­vide 5,832 square me­tres of Grade A of­fice space.

Res­i­dents hoped the coun­cil would ap­prove the proposal as the new busi­ness would be good for the area and city.

Derek Calder­wood, 55, of West Bridg­ford , said: “I think it would be good if the space was ap­proved.

“It would be good to see it used and it’s a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion for a busi­ness to have good com­muter links of course with the train sta­tion right next door.

“The more busi­ness we can en­cour­age to the city the bet­ter for the fu­ture.”

Res­i­dent Ja­son Porter, 33, who lives in the city cen­tre, added: “I think it would be good for the area.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses would profit from the ex­tra staff com­ing to the area spend­ing money at lunch and things like that.

“It’s much bet­ter for it to be used than left va­cant. It seems to have been like that for ages. It’s a good spot and I am sure it would get snapped up by a com­pany.”

Maria He­witt, 29, a sales as­sis­tant of Len­ton, like the idea.“

It’s good to get more busi­ness here and into the city so I hope the coun­cil ap­proves it.

“There are lots of big of­fices down here (Sta­tion Street) so it must be a good spot for places to set up.”

Not­ting­ham Civic So­ci­ety strongly ob­jected to the de­mo­li­tion of the prop­erty be­cause of “the mer­its of the build­ings, as ‘un­listed build­ings that make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the Sta­tion Con­ser­va­tion Area’.”

His­toric Eng­land said that the de­mo­li­tion of 11-19 Sta­tion Street “would cause a high but less than sub­stan­tial level of harm to the over­all sig­nif­i­cance of the con­ser­va­tion area”.

Power to de­ter­mine the fi­nal de­tails of the con­di­tions will be down to the di­rec­tor of Plan­ning and Re­gen­er­a­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was made by Franklin El­lis on be­half of Bil­durn (Prop­er­ties) Ltd

11-19 Sta­tion Street, Not­ting­ham, where devel­op­ers want to de­mol­ish the Vic­to­rian build­ings

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