Tired Beeston flats could be demolished for large new student complex

A general view of Sycamore Court off Broadgate, Beeston
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Flats in a Nottinghamshire town could be torn down to make way for a large student accommodation complex under new plans. A planning application recently submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council could result in Sycamore Court, which is a set of residential apartments off Broadgate in Beeston, being demolished and replaced with two student buildings.

The pair of six-storey and four-storey student structures would house 238 beds, according to planning documents submitted by developer Harry Warren. Architects explained this number of beds would be achieved through three studios and 50 three to six-bedroom cluster flats.

There would also be 14 car parking spaces, bin and cycle stores, and other communal facilities for the more than 200 students living there. Planning documents explained the site was surrounded by other student accommodation blocks, with this including the University of Nottingham's Dagfa House halls of residence, and would not impact on the privacy of neighbours.

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The designs have taken into account the existing building's footprints and heights and would be a stark contrast to the current buildings, which some locals see as "tired" and "messy", the document added. Planners said newly planted trees would act as a visual barrier around the building.

"It has been concluded in the officer’s report that ‘It is considered the principle of demolishing the existing residential flats to accommodate residential development serving exclusively students is acceptable," architects from CBP said of the plans.

"However, this would be subject to design, amenity, parking, financial contributions and other matters." The planning application is pending consideration by Broxtowe Borough Council.