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PBSA Extension Receives Planning Approval

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Plans to build new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Nottingham have been given the green light despite concerns from locals.

Located near Sneinton Market, the project will result in the demolition of three prominent retail units which face the market. Once demolished, they will be replaced with smaller retail units, with new student accommodation above.

The scheme will contain a total of 85 new student beds.

Along with locals, Nottingham City Councillor Dave Liversidge objected to the scheme. He said: "Firstly there are too many students in one area. There are already 362 in the market area alone, this proposal adds more."

"It further unbalances the community."

"It threatens the viability of schemes like the Fruitmarket (a residential development) which attempt to create a permanent community in the area in order to improve it."

"Secondly, it's bad for local businesses. Three long-term businesses will be lost that draw in a wide range of people."

"They were not consulted, the new commercial space will not be sufficient to house them."

However, councillor Sally Longford, a member of the planning committee, argued that local policy encourages student developments in the city centre and with demand outstripping supply the scheme was a positive step forward.