First phase of £650m mixed-use scheme given green light

How the first phase will look

Plans to build the opening phase of the Island Quarter site in Nottingham city centre have been given the go-ahead by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee.

After an hour’s discussion, the committee voted through the scheme – called Canal Turn – with just one abstention.

Committee members called the scheme “a great gateway to the Island Quarter” during the discussion, although there were concerns surrounding cycle access to the new pavilion-style building.

The site will feature two restaurants, an event spact and a rooftop terrace. The scheme will also include a bandstand and public realm space.

The building is the first phase of the huge £650m Island Quarter scheme.

The overall plans for the 40-acre site will bring new homes, grade A office space, creative spaces, a hotel with PRS and co-working space, a ‘linear’ park and vibrant community and event space as well as student accommodation to the city.

Christopher Ware, property director of Conygar, the developer behind the scheme, said: “We are delighted that planning for Canal Turn has been granted. We’ve worked closely with Nottingham City Council to progress the application and ensure that we can get started promptly on what is a landmark site not just for the city, but the region as a whole.

“Canal Turn marks the first stage of a development that will create a unique, year-round destination for the city, as well as a thriving and vibrant new community for Nottingham.”

Paul Seddon, director of planning and regeneration at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Island Quarter has been vacant for far too long. It is part of our wider city centre – it’s very visible and has perhaps been a symbol of our city in previous years.

“This project is a significant part of the once-in-a-generation regeneration of Nottingham and as we move into challenging times, seeing this site progress over the next decade will be critical for the city.”