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Plan to revamp Chilwell college site into student flats delayed over noise and parking concerns

A decision over plans to convert a derelict college building into student accommodation has been delayed.

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

An application was submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council in a bid to turn the site in High Road, Chilwell into student accommodation.

A decision was deferred by a narrow majority from councillors after concerns were raised over noise and parking during the meeting on 7 July.

The development has a ‘no cars policy’ on the site.

Councillor Philip Owen said: “To suggest that the developer is going to be able to enforce a no cars policy is nonsense.

“I shall vote against this because I am not happy with the concept of student development on that site.

“It is a largely residential area and it is no good pretending that students have not been disruptive in significant parts of this area.

“We hear weekly of parties, the Lenton Abbey Residents’ Association are in absolute despair as to the behaviour of students in that area.

“This is not fair, it is unreasonable.”

The leader of Broxtowe Borough Council Milan Radulovic said: “It’s a shame it is derelict and empty, it is very untidy and it is an eyesore.

“Fifteen car parking spaces is totally inadequate.

“I have no objection to the principle of development on this site, I just think this could’ve been a good development, and instead what we have got is a half good development.”

The plans will be discussed again in the September or October planning committee meeting.

A spokesperson for applicants ALB Group said: “ALB are disappointed that the planning application for the conversion of Central College into student accommodation was deferred at last night’s planning committee meeting, however, all efforts will be made to work closely with the Council to overcome and resolve any concerns raised over parking and construction working hours.

“The development has major benefits for the local community and we look forward to delivering this exciting project once planning has been secured.”