Nottingham Post / Barton’s Quarter Vision…
The following story on Barton’s Quarter was featured on the front page of both the Nottingham Post newspaper and the Nottingham Post website.
Vision for 250-home estate to transform Barton bus depot site revealed By TracyWalker (December 27, 2016) Long-awaited plans to transform the historic Barton bus depot into a thriving 250-home estate have finally been revealed.
Detailed plans to revitalise the key site, on High Road, Chilwell, have been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council, giving a much-anticipated vision of how the area could soon look.
Planning permission is sought to build 29 homes as part of Phase 1, followed by a further 221 in three further stages.
Developers Farland say the Barton Quarter proposal will be a “key development in Beeston”, introducing a “wealth of key benefits to the area in terms of new housing; small scale shops and services; and regeneration of a gateway site to the town centre”.
Nicholas Tubbs, chief executive of Farland Developments said: “The Barton Quarter is not only about building houses but creating a lasting ‘place’ that the community can be enthused by and is suitable for all.”
Demolition of current buildings on the 4.37 hectare site, between Queens Road West and High Road in Chilwell, also form part of the plans, but Barton House will be retained and enhanced, and could be a “gatehouse building”.
The development will consist of 54 one-bedroom flats/maisonettes, 122 two-bedroom flats, 63 three-bedroom houses and 11 four-plus bed houses. The first phase will consists of four two-bed flats, 18 three-bed houses and seven four-plus bed houses.
Plans to revitalise the brownfield site had first been mooted last year, but with little detail. Following a public exhibition in February this year, the team behind the scheme has considered all feedback and incorporated it into a detailed planning application. A planning statement reads: “The scheme represents an important opportunity to deliver new homes for Chilwell and the wider Nottingham area as a whole and to re-use an existing brownfield site which has been largely vacant for many years.”
As part of the plans, Barton House will continue to operate as an office building, but an additional storey for residential use is proposed. Later phases could see commercial use of buildings fronting onto High Road, with accommodation on the upper floors.
There is also the possibility of an events space on High Road. Plans include an affordable housing element too, in Phases 2 and 4. There would be 280 parking spaces, as well as a garden square in the centre of the site, tying the primary routes of the street network together.
It is proposed that the majority of new buildings within the site will be two and three storeys high, with the exception of the buildings in the north east corner, which is to be called Barton Court and take inspiration from buildings in The Lace Market.
There will also be mews lanes, incorporating ‘industrial warehouse’ coach houses, along with terraced streets. An entrance from Queens’ Road West would be retained, though initial sketches had shown two new entrances.
A design and access statement submitted as part of the plans says: “The Barton Quarter proposal is a key development in Beeston which will occupy an area of vacant land and introduce a wealth of key benefits to the area in terms of new housing; small scale shops and services; and regeneration of a gateway site to the town centre.” It adds: “The vision is to redevelop a key site within Beeston which is socially inclusive, attractive, sustainable and enjoyable. The ambition is to give Beeston a place that is varied, diverse and will create an attractive gateway site to the town centre.”
Bartons was established as a transport company in 1908 and has a long history as an independent coach and bus operator in Nottinghamshire. The firm was founded by Thomas Henry Barton OBE as one of Britain’s earliest bus companies. It grew to be, for many years, the largest independent operator in the country. Its transport activities were sold in 1989 following a change in government policies and the company has since concentrated on property investment.
The site is now predominately cleared but previously housed a number of office, garage and works buildings. The scheme is proposed by Farland Developments, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and Bartons plc, who say the site will be transformed into a “lively community of 250 carefully designed homes (including affordable).”
Nicholas Tubbs, chief executive of Farland Developments said: “It is located on a brownfield site, next to the high street and has excellent transport links, including a tram stop. Our plans would create a wide mix of well-designed homes that cater to everyone’s needs, including young families and the elderly community.” He added that following feedback, the amount of green space has been increased, any risk of flooding has been “designed out” and a community building for events has been included. Cycle routes have also been enhanced, with reduced parking numbers to encourage sustainable travel.
Benjamin Bolgar, senior director of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, said: “Through working with the community we have created a proposal which we believe reflects the local identity, enhancing both its character and heritage. “During the consultation it was clear that people were generally in favour of new homes and facilities as long as they were developed responsibly, well-designed and created a sense of place. These sentiments are at the heart of plans for Barton Quarter.”
Matt Turpin, who lives in Beeston and is a Post columnist, said he was “delighted” with the plans. He added: “It’s great to see progress being made. It’s an area crying out for redevelopment, and as Beeston becomes more popular we’ll need more houses. The plans are looking strong, and I can only wish the developers well.”
John Cooper, a 41-year-old foster carer recruiter, of Chilwell, said: “There’s nothing there at the moment – it’s just derelict land. “I think it’s a good thing because obviously you need housing and there is a massive demand for it, particularly affordable housing. “But Bartons was a big part of Chilwell and it will be a shame if the whole thing went without something there to mark their heritage.”
Judy Sleath, of Beeston and District Civic Society, said the society was looking forward with anticipation to seeing the plans. The borough council will discuss the plans in the coming weeks. There will also be a six-week public consultation.
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