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Beeston hotel could become apartments under proposals

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A former pub and hotel in Beeston could be turned into new apartments after plans were submitted.

The Queen’s Hotel, in Queen’s Road, is currently closed, but now developers have applied for permission to convert it into 26 apartments organised into five flats.

The houses are multiple occupation (HMOs), which are often lived in by students.

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There would also be a two-storey extension built at the back of the building.

No parking is proposed to be built with the application, but there would be a secure space to leave bicycles.

A report submitted by the designers, West Bridgford-based Swish Architecture, says: “Our design approach uses a combination of contemporary styles in order to address the different urban conditions on Queens Road and Mona Street. Our modern approach works well with the existing traditional look of the old public house.”

The report continues: “The ugly single storey front elevation will be changed and re-shaped with angled flat roofs, blue brick and off-white render.

“These design elements make use of the existing form of the building, but create a new sense of visual interest and focus to the street scene.

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“The entrance to Flat One, within this single storey element makes use of the existing house feature entrance porch.”

But nearby resident Steven Gange, 49, who works as a technician at the civic department at the University of Nottingham, is against the proposals as they currently stand.

He said: “I’m not against it being developed, but it needs to be done in a sympathetic way. This just looks opportunistic.

“This is a shocker of a building. If there had been other considerations for things like parking I would have had no objections at all, but it seems like they have disregarded everyone in the area with the look of the building and the number of apartments.

“There is nothing good about this whole development. It’s very damaging to the building, damaging to the area and no consideration for nearby residents.”

Dino Labbate, who is the director of Swish Architecture, said: “We have recently submitted plans for this bold reimagining of a traditional pub to create quality modern accommodation in Beeston, with a unique new presence on the street scene.

“The design combines new and old to contrast and enhance the original character of the building whilst creating a better connection to its neighbours on Queens Road and Mona Street.”

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