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Nottingham Student Development Seeks Change of Use

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A new student accommodation scheme in Nottingham is looking for permission to be made available to the general public, in an effort to fill bed spaces.

A consultancy firm working on behalf of Fusion Students has applied to Nottingham City Council for planning consent for a temporary change of use of the top four floors of its Nova Nottingham site.

The purpose-built student accommodation is equipped with 437 rooms and will include a private cinema, party rooms, a games room, a fully equipped gym and study areas.

Situated in Wollaton Street, the site is due to open in September but is not yet fully occupied. As a result, planning consultants have written to the council asking for the change in use.

In a letter to the council, Jack Appleton, a senior planner at Alder King Planning Consultants, said: "Whilst bookings are currently strong, a temporary change of use is sought to ensure that the building is fully occupied during its first year of operation.

"A degree of uncertainty exists about student uptake in the first year as the building is not due to be handed over from construction until one month before the start of term.

"This creates challenges in terms of marketing the development to prospective residents as many parts of the building cannot be viewed."

If successful the serviced apartments would run until August 31, 2018 and would be limited to 165 beds, with three of the seven floors remaining exclusively for student use.