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162-bed student block plans at former college likely to get the go-ahead

Controversial plans to convert an empty college building in Chilwell into student accommodation are set to be passed.

Developers want to convert the former Nottingham College campus on High Road into housing for 162 students.

The application was deferred on July 7 over concerns that it would seriously change the character of the area and cause parking problems.

Resident Patricia Greaves spoke on behalf of over 80 residents at the last planning meeting before the item was deferred.

She said: “Large student accommodation like this should be located towards the city centre, not in a residential suburb.”

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Since the application was deferred, developers have made a series of changes including increasing parking spaces from 15 to 25.

They said: “Parking on site will be managed by the operator of the development and allocated to students based on their need and application.

“In all other cases, students will not be permitted to bring cars onto site and will be advised of parking restrictions in the surrounding area. During the start and end of term times, parking on site will be allocated with pick up and drop off bays via a booking system.”

It also says Dale Lane will not be used for vehicle or pedestrian access and they will offer an additional £32,000 towards Section 106 contributions – which is cash to be spent on community projects.

Residents living close by are still unhappy with the proposal, calling for a minimum of 54 car parking spaces.

There are also concerns that residents mental health will be impacted by the noise and disturbance.

Broxtowe Borough Council’s planning committee will determine the future of the application on Wednesday, September 1.

Council officers have requested councillors grant the application.

A report prepared for the meeting says: “The benefits of the proposal are that it would provide an acceptable standard of accommodation which would reflect an acceptable standard of design and would potentially relieve pressure on residential family homes being converted into small bed houses in multiple occupancy.

“On balance, whilst it is acknowledged there will be a degree of noise and disturbance experienced and impact on traffic and local services, it is considered this is outweighed by the positives of the scheme.

“Furthermore, the scheme is considered to be in accordance with the policies contained within the development plan which is given significant weight.”

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