Plans for student flats at Nottingham Church

A building in Nottingham city center used as a place of worship could become student accommodation after developers offered 26 studios.

Plans for 11-13 Thurland Street near Hockley and the Victoria Center would see the first and second floors of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) building converted into student properties.

The changes would be accompanied by a bin store and bike storage, with the flats targeting Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham students who plan to live in the heart of the city.

The claimant, Crowndale Properties Limited, says in documents that it has carried out a housing needs assessment for student accommodation in Nottingham.

In the documents, submitted to Nottingham City Council last week, the company says the city has seen a 23% increase in its full-time student population since 2015.

He adds that the city has a higher than average number of students living in shared accommodation compared to neighboring towns in the Midlands and the UK as a whole.

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The plans he has submitted, he says, will help “reduce family housing occupancy” in parts of the city where multiple occupancy houses (HMOs) contain a large proportion of students.

A separate report says the development will not make any external changes to the Thurland Street building, with internal changes “not only feasible but simple without drastic change”.

If the plans were approved by Nottingham City Council, the building would have 26 studios built on the top two floors, with shared amenity space for students created inside.

The bicycle shed would be built at the rear of the building, with the houses accessible via Thurland Street.

And the developer says his plans will give new use to the ‘dead’ space seen in many upper parts of downtown buildings.

The report states: “Like most cities, upper parts of commercial streets such as around this site suffer from ‘dead’ tops.

“These are often ‘background’ functions on top of business uses. In a wide street such as Thurland Street, this effect is more pronounced.

“Residential use is generally considered the best way to revive these elevations.

“The site is well located for access to local services: supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, etc. are all within walking distance.

“The center of Nottingham Trent University campus is no more than a 10 minute walk away and access to plenty of public transport, local and national, [is] also close.

The application adds that the bicycle storage will include spaces for 12 bicycles.

The plans are due for consideration by city council later this year.

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