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A planning application has been submitted to build a major new student accommodation scheme on Traffic Street, in Nottingham’s Southside Regeneration Area, and within easy reach of the city’s universities.

The scheme will be developed by Urban Developments (York) Ltd’s Engage student brand, which are both part of York based Urban Group (York) Ltd, and it has been designed by Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects.

The development will span five and six storeys in height and will offer 297 bedrooms, across a mix of cluster apartments and studios, with a wide range of amenities and facilities including study rooms, a communal lounge, gym, cinema, laundry facilities and cycle storage. If the planning application is successful, the developer is aiming for the development to complete by summer 2023.

The site is currently occupied by two industrial units and a parking area, and historically was used as a sawmill.

Brendon Hutchinson, managing director of Urban Group (York) Ltd, said: “This is fantastic site to be involved with, in a key area of Nottingham city centre that is benefitting from large amounts of investment and regeneration.

“It’s also just a short walk from the city centre, Nottingham station and the tram network, which links it with Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham, making it an ideal location for students to live.

“There is also particularly strong demand in Nottingham for this type of development. The city is widely recognised as one of the UK’s best university cities with a substantial and expanding student population who want high quality homes with exceptional communal facilities in vibrant locations. Crucially, this type of development also frees up traditional housing stock for local people and families, which makes it a particularly exciting opportunity.”

Mark Henderson, director at Brewster Bye Architects, said: “Submitting this planning application follows a successful pre-application process with Nottingham City Council and this development now has the potential to be a significant piece of the jigsaw in the regeneration of both Traffic Street and Nottingham’s Southside Regeneration Area.

“We’ve specifically designed the development to create a strong frontage onto Traffic Street, whilst also complementing surrounding developments and providing breathing space between neighbouring buildings via two generous landscaped courtyards at either side of the scheme. All this combines to create a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing development that sits comfortably within its surroundings and will offer students a superb standard of accommodation in an evolving and popular part of the city.”