A HIGH QUALITY residential development in an attractive riverside setting will go ahead after it secured near unanimous backing from planners.
Specialist residential developer McCann Homes is expected to start work on in Spring 2016 constructing 81 apartments in a striking new development on the banks of the River Trent near Colwick.
The £17 million development has been designed by Nottingham-based Franklin Ellis Architects, which was also responsible for the award-winning River Crescent complex nearby. Andy Dowding, Associate Partner at the firm, says he believes the new building will provide momentum for further development of a site which councillors have long hoped to transform into a new riverside community.
“Nottingham’s riverside is almost an undiscovered gem and the ambition to develop it into a new community goes back many years,” he said. “With this development we are one step closer to making that happen, and it is a real pleasure for Franklin Ellis to again play an important part in driving progress.
“The Trent riverside is a special environment which requires sympathetic design, and in McCann Homes we have a client for whom quality and attention to detail are an important part of what they offer homebuyers. On that basis, we spent a long time discussing the site with planning officers and the city’s Design Review Panel before we finalised the scheme.
“The result is a layout shaped to suit the contours of the riverbank, the use of brick rather than concrete on the most prominent facets of the building, and landscaping which gives it a real sense of place. It will be a striking development, but one which offers a very attractive lifestyle.”
City Council planners had recommended approval of the scheme, praising the design’s “individual character…that will be of benefit to the further regeneration of the waterside area.” It will also connect another section of the public footpath and cycleway along the north bank of the River Trent, linking the city to Colwick Park.
Construction of the 81 apartments is expected to be completed in 2018. They will mainly be two bedroom/two bathroom apartments, though there will also be a number of one- and three-bedroom properties. All with have south-facing river views with balconies.
Andrew Inchbald, a director of McCann Homes, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured near unanimous approval from Nottingham City Council. Planning consent is the culmination of a process where we have worked together with their officers over a long period to bring forwards a contemporary design which is high quality, sensitive to the surroundings and offers a fabulous environment for residents.
“This stretch of the Trent has always had enormous potential and we hope that our plans will play a part in the growth of a new riverside community. Our apartments will set new standards in living space and they are in beautiful surroundings which offer easy access to both the city and the surrounding countryside.
“One of the strengths of our development is its appearance. In Franklin Ellis, we have worked with an architect which knows this site well and has a reputation for carefully-considered designs. This is no exception and there is no question in our minds that this will become an attractive place to live.”
The development is being constructed on the current site of the Park Yacht Club. The river cruise business which currently operates form the site is being relocated to a brand new building off Racecourse Road, Colwick.