A blueprint for how the Eastside of Nottingham is developed in the coming years has been produced, underpinned by sustainability and protection of green spaces and heritage sites.
A Supplementary Planning Document produced by the City Council will provide developers with a clear idea of what is expected for the area, which includes Sneinton Market and runs north-west to include Victoria Park and St Mary’s Rest Garden, parts of Lower Parliament Street and Glasshouse Street and Huntingdon Street as far as just below Woodborough Road. It provides a connection between the Victoria Centre, Hockley and Lace Market shopping areas and the communities of St Ann’s and Sneinton. It is also close to the Island Quarter and Waterside regeneration sites.
As part of the Creative Quarter, the redevelopment of Sneinton Market and the Victoria Leisure Centre has created a vibrant centre for creative and digital economies which the new planning document aims to build from. All of these elements place Eastside as an important centre for regeneration.
The new planning guidance states that the area presents a unique opportunity to contribute to the economic growth of the city, providing opportunities for a vibrant mix of new residential, business, shops, restaurants leisure and cultural uses including the night-time economy.
It is envisioned that there will be a variety of high quality housing, attractive to a wide range of households, well related to public realm and accessible to public open space and benefiting from good access to existing and new facilities. New and enhanced pedestrian routes will be created between the Eastside, city centre and adjoining neighbourhoods. The council will assemble existing and potential new sources of infrastructure funding to create high quality public realm and co-ordinate safe pedestrian, cyclist and traffic movement.
All new development will be required to achieve a high standard of environmental sustainability and an appropriate balance in the type of housing.
Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Planning, Councillor Angela Kandola, said: “Regeneration of the Eastside area aims to deliver high quality housing, attractive to a wide range of households, to promote mixed and balanced communities, improved public realm and enhance connections between the Eastside, the city centre and adjoining neighbourhoods.
“In line with our ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2028, we also want to encourage a range of measures that developers can employ to reduce carbon in their development proposals. These relate to energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable design and construction.”
The Eastside Supplementary Planning Document was approved for adoption by the council’s Executive Board when it met on Tuesday 18 July.