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Nottingham approves first phase of £650 million regeneration scheme

Words: Huw Morris

Planning permission has been granted to the first phase of Nottingham’s £650 million Island Quarter, the city’s biggest regeneration scheme in decades.

Nottingham City Council approved the Conygar Investment Company plans for Canal Turn, with work scheduled to start on the 16ha site in November.

The approved phase will include a three-storey 2,000 sqm pavilion on the waterfront, featuring two restaurants, around 500 sqm of events space with panoramic views and a large rooftop terrace. The plans also feature a bandstand and a substantial area of new public realm to open up the canal basin area and enhance one of Nottingham’s most under-used assets.

Conygar had initially gained outline planning permission for the development at Boots Island in April 2019. Nottingham leader David Mellen said “not many places have the opportunity to create a new addition to their city like this”, with 16ha of prime land for redevelopment close to the city centre. “It will become a major asset to Nottingham, connecting nearby neighbourhoods to the city centre through an area long overdue for redevelopment,” he added. “The plans to provide a mix of places to live, work and play will perfectly complement the other redevelopments across the southside area, and hopefully this first phase is a sign of the quality of the developments to come on site.”

The overall plans for the site, which has been derelict for 26 years, will bring homes, grade A office space, creative spaces, a lifestyle hotel, private rented apartments and co-working space, a “linear” park and community and event space as well as student accommodation.

“Throughout this process, we’ve been committed to creating a development that reflects Nottingham and enhances its credentials as a first-rate city,” said Conygar Nottingham director Richard Watson. “We’ve worked closely with the city and the design team to put together these plans for a development, which will be of huge benefit to the local economy and will create thousands of jobs during the build phase and beyond.”