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Sherwood supported living apartments set for approval despite residents’ claim of ‘detrimental impact’ on area

Plans for 13 new supported living apartments are expected to be approved despite opposition from residents who say the works could have a ‘detrimental’ impact on neighbours.

Nottingham City Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans for the three-storey apartment block in a Sherwood street on 22 June.

Documents state that to meet the council’s performance targets, the application should have been decided on by April 2022.

Applicant Hockley Developments Ltd has submitted plans for the partial demolition and extension of a building in Hall Street to create 13 supported living dwellings with staff and communal spaces.

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They said the tenants will be vulnerable adults who will be supported 24 hours a day.

But some nearby residents say they are already unable to park outside their own homes, which they claim will be made worse by the new plans, for which two parking spaces will be provided.

The site is currently made up of a distribution centre which is vacant and will be demolished to make way for the new plans.

Each home would have one bedroom, a shower room, and a kitchen/living space.

But a number of residents nearby raised concerns about the plans.

One said: “The concern is the detrimental effect these building works and
subsequent property would have on the current residents, many of whom have lived in the neighbouring properties for several years.

“The building works themselves would provide disruption in terms of noise and air pollution.

“Parking can already be an issue on the street and this will be further disrupted by works vehicles. In additional to this, a further 13 residents on the street would provide further traffic and disruption to the area.”

Other residents said they did not have an issue with the principle of development, but raised concerns over loss of light and privacy.

A number of amendments were made by the applicant to mitigate against privacy loss, but Nottingham Civic Society said it “continued to have reservations” about the design of the building.

They said some improvements had been made but concluded that the new building would have a “disappointingly bland appearance”.

The applicant said in a letter to residents: “Sherwood, like many areas of Nottingham, is an area of high demand for Supported Living due to the local amenities and the proximity to the city centre; there are several citizens who are waiting for this type of accommodation in this area.

“We are also currently developing the Sherwood library development nearby and always ensure we work closely with neighbours to minimise noise and keep the time on site to a minimum.

“We believe the development at 28-32 Hall St will aid the residential continuity within the area, removing a commercial premises from a residential street, and will add value to the street for the longevity of the building.”

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