Developer Conygar Nottingham secured outline permission for its proposals at the 11.4-hectare Boots Island site, which officers described as "the redevelopment of a prominent brownfield site of strategic importance that has been vacant for many years".
The site, on the southern edge of the city centre, was cleared for development in the early 1990s but has been disused since. Several planning permissions have been granted over the years but not implemented. Conygar submitted its plans in July last year.
Councillors granted permission for 907 homes, 59,000 square metres of offices, 666 student flats, an 8,000 square metre hotel, a 17,000 square metre ‘creative market’, 4,000 square metres of shops, and nearly 1,800 car parking spaces.
Recommending approval, officers advised that the site was the subject of a supplementary planning document (SPD), which "indicates that the early redevelopment of the site is a fundamental priority for regeneration", and is allocated for a mix of uses in emerging local planning policy.
The SPD outlines the need for offices to be delivered early in any development of the site and identifies the need for homes and student accommodation, officers said.
They advised that, while the level of proposed development exceeds the amount specified in the SPD, "it is considered that the proposed development remains consistent with the aspirations for the redevelopment of this strategic site".
Concerns about Conygar’s proposals were raised by Intu, which owns Nottingham’s Broadmarsh Shopping Centre and is planning a redevelopment of the precinct. "It is essential that the council satisfies itself that this major new destination is not to the detriment of planned investment in the city centre," it said.
Officers advised they were satisfied that a sequential and impact assessment prepared by Conygar showed the Boots Island plans "would not result in a significant adverse impact on the overall vitality and viability of Nottingham city centre".
Planning conditions will be imposed to limit the mix of retail uses within the proposed ‘creative market’ to ensure the city centre suffers no adverse impacts.
Officers also considered the heritage and townscape impacts of the proposals and concluded that the disused nature of the site detracted from nearby conservation areas.
"The proposed development would therefore provide the opportunity to recreate many of the positive townscape effects that had previously existed," they said.