Green light given to 227-bedroom student development on site of Dagfa House School in Beeston

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Housing for up to 227 students will be built on the site of a former school in Beeston after some of the buildings are demolished.

Two applications for student accommodation on Broadgate, near both the University of Nottingham campus and high street, have been given the go ahead by Broxtowe Borough Council.

The applications have both been submitted by which have both been submitted by Hydrogen (Beeston) Ltd.

As part of the development, a terrace of six new townhouses will be built behind the existing grade II listed Dagfa House, which will be refurbished, to provide up to 91 bedrooms.

A cluster of four to five storey buildings and townhouses will also be built to provide bedrooms for 136 students.

Dagfa House School opened in 1948 in a converted 18th century house but closed in July 2016 after pupil numbers reduced and its head teacher left for another job.

The development by student accommodation provider Hydrogen will keep this original building but the two-storey science block, classroom annex, a building known as the cottage and the sports hall will be knocked down.

Grade II listed Dagfa House

Grade II listed Dagfa House

A spokeswoman from Broxtowe Borough Council said: “Permission was granted as the committee considered that the applications would provide a number of key benefits including the provision of student accommodation in a sustainable and accessible location, the development would be in keeping with character of the surrounding area of existing student accommodation.

“The design was considered acceptable both in terms of its setting adjacent to a listed building and protected trees, and also in terms of its impact on nearby residential properties.

“It was not considered that there would be any unacceptable highways or parking issues.”

Speaking previously to the Nottingham Post Chris Waumsley, head of planning and environment for Freeths, the legal firm acting on behalf of Hydrogen, said they hoped work would start next spring.