ARBORETUM RESIDENTS PLEAD 'NO MORE' STUDENT FLATS
On Saturday 7 August 2021, Jamie Barlow, Digital News Correspondent for the Nottingham Post, reported that the proposal to build student flats on the site of the disused Tennyson Street Play Centre in the Arboretum has met with a 'No more, please' response from local people.
'No more, please': Neighbours' opposition to student flats plan for play centre site
'They are a nightmare at times.'
The proposed transformation of an old city play centre into student flats has sparked criticism from neighbours who pleaded: 'no more, please'.
Developers have tabled a bid to demolish the disused Tennyson Street Play Centre, in The Arboretum, and build new blocks of accommodation for students.
The plans were submitted two years ago but new layout drawings have recently been sent to the city council as part of the application which is still outstanding.
However, some people living in the city suburb said they were concerned, and some spoke of the noise associated with student parties.
Local resident Brian McNally, who lives in Burns Avenue, in The Arboretum, said: "The students, I am used to them but they are a nightmare at times because there are people in the area that are not students.
"There's so many, I'm not saying they should put an area just for students but there's too many of them in particular areas - nothing but students."
The 61-year-old added: "It [the local demographic] should be a bit more level - no more, please."
The proposal is for 10 six-bedroom units.
However, retired factory worker Ali Khan, 72, said: "I think it's enough already because it's student flats everywhere.
"Students live in separate areas, separate flats.
"They are making a lot of noise, parties."
Mr Khan, of Walter Street, said noise was an issue particularly at weekends.
Jagdash Chahal, the owner of Chahal Convenience Store, in Larkdale Street, said the project didn't particularly bother him.
But the 64-year-old said: "There's hardly any [properties] for [other] people around here, any houses around here with all these students. It should be a mixture."
However, the comments come after a senior councillor spoke of the need for more student accommodation in the city.
There is still a massive shortfall, with around 7,000 rooms needed over the next three years.
The old play centre has been vacant for years - and campaigners occupied the building in 2018 in demonstration against it being sold off. The centre was previously used by community groups.
At the time of the submission of the planning application for student flats, developers said the site was in the process of being sold by Nottingham City Council.
The authority previously said that, before a decision was taken to sell the building, it had not been approached from the community about bringing it back into use.
But engineer Gerrard Thompson, 56, who lives in The Arboretum, added: "It should still be a community centre because there's not enough for the kids around here."
A decision is yet to be made on the student accommodation plans, submitted on behalf of Fletcher Construction Midlands Ltd.
Nottinghamshire Live has attempted to contact the company for comment.