Apartment plans for vacant retail unit get go-ahead

32 Lister Gate has been vacant since last year
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The upper floors of a former Shoe Zone outlet in Nottingham city centre are set to be turned into student flats.

Plans submitted to Nottingham City Council to redevelop the vacant upper floors of 32 Lister Gate into 12 new studio apartments for use in the student market have been granted permission.

Shoe Zone moved out of the unit last year, during the first national lockdown. Previously, the ground floor unit was used by Clinton Cards. Commercial property agents have been able to find a tenant for the unit, with the size of the upper floor accommodation named as a factor for the lack of interest.

The developer, FRAT Student Living, would retain the retail use of the ground floor.

A planning statement said: “The applicant wishes to pursue the possibility of converting the upper floor areas into new class use C3 self-contained residential studio accommodation aimed to service the student market, whilst retaining the existing retail use at ground floor level in order to maintain a commercial street presence as well as new occupants bringing much welcomed footfall into the city centre to not only help maintain the overall viability and long term sustainability of this under-utilised building, but to also inject new life and commerce into the immediate area.”