No decision made on City Ground redevelopment – despite deadline extension

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Plans to redevelop Nottingham Forest’s City Ground – including a 19- and 10-floor residential scheme next to the stadium – are still undecided on, despite a deadline extension for a decision on the scheme being reached.

The £100m scheme to extend the Peter Taylor Stand and build 248-apartment scheme next to the ground were originally revealed in February 2019.

In October 2020, documents seen by showed that the new date for the determination of the scheme has been shifted back to Tuesday January 19 of this year in order to accommodate further revisions to the building as well as highway alterations.

Last October, a letter from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s principal planning officer to architect Benoy read: “As you are aware we have been undertaking further discussions regarding the design aspects of the residential element of the proposal and are presently waiting further revised plans to be received and considered. We look forward to receiving this information and an update on remaining highways and other matters in the very near future to allow the necessary consultation with external consultees.

“In these circumstances I would propose that we agree a further extension of time and would suggest that three months is appropriate in the current situation. If the Borough Council is able to make a decision before then of course we will aim to.”

However, with this deadline now here, it seems as though a further extension has been agreed.

A spokesperson for Rushcliffe Borough Council told on Monday afternoon (January 18): “We are unable to comment on any ongoing planning application and any questions regarding future plans will need to be directed to the applicant.

“Our planning team is continuing to process the application received in November 2019. This is a single planning application seeking full permission for the stand and outline planning permission for an apartment block. At this stage, no date has been confirmed for the application to be considered.”

There have been two previous extensions for determination – the first on February 28 and then on August 31.

Benoy and Nottingham Forest have been approached for comment.