By Joe Locker, Local Democracy Reporter
The development of 207 homes has been given the green light by Nottingham councillors who praised the Boots-inspired architecture.
Boots UK’s headquarters is on Thane Road, Lenton, within the Alliance Boots campus, and the development will sit nearby, parallel to the Nottingham and Beeston Canal.
GraceMachin Planning and Property submitted the proposals for 96 houses and 111 apartments on behalf of Ilke Homes Land Limited, and they were unanimously approved during a Nottingham City Council planning meeting on November 23.
The 96 ‘modular’ houses will be pre-built in a factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being installed on-site.
While the apartment buildings will not be modular, they will draw inspiration from 1930s buildings such as the Drys Factory (now known as D6), which was designed by Sir Owen Williams.
The building was responsible for the manufacturing of ‘dry’ goods such as tablets and pills, and is today Grade-I listed and used by MediCity as a laboratory.
Cllr Graham Chapman, the vice-chairman of the committee, said he was “very fond” of the development, particularly the inspiration taken from the company’s heritage.
However Meadows Cllr Michael Edwards, the chairman, questioned just how much reference had been used from the original building.
Council officer Nigel Turpin said: “They are high-quality heritage buildings.
“The new builds, the new apartments still take references from those buildings but probably in a contemporary manner.
“All in all, I think the references are there although, like I say, not slavishly following the original 1930s buildings.”
Outline planning permission was conditionally approved at a Planning Committee meeting in December of 2014 for a mixed-use development with room for offices, research developments, retail outlets and up to 675 homes in total.