PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR STUDENT ACCOMMODATION ON FORMER NOTTINGHAM COLLEGE SITE IN BEESTON
Writing in the Nottingham Post on Saturday 21 November 2020, Anna Whittaker reported that plans have been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council for permission to build student accommodation on the former Nottingham College site in Beeston. ...
Plans for student accomodation to replace Nottingham College site will 'bring life to the area'
But some residents were concerned about noise
Plans for the redevelopment of the former Nottingham College site in Beeston have been met with positivity.
A number of houses are also anticipated to be built on the site - but the plans are all subject to planning permission from Broxtowe Borough Council.
Kim Bonney, a member of staff at Tastie Bites cafe, said local businesses in the area were "praying" it would be used as student accommodation.
She said: "I think it’s brilliant for everyone on this street, for the pubs, cafes and eateries. It will bring life to this area.
"The street is so dead and this will give us a bit of positivity. There's been no footfall around here, there's nothing to bring anyone down here. We heard rumours about it and everyone was praying it would be students.
"People always moan about students but the building needs using for something."
She added that builders doing work on the building would also bring extra trade for local businesses.
She said: "Things are awful at the moment with the uncertainty of everything so this really is a positive."
Beeston residents Barbara and Graham Parker said they'd welcome the building being used as student accommodation.
Barbara said: "We'd be happy with it, it is much better than the building being empty. Students have got to live somewhere."
Graham added: "There are so many homeless people around, the building should be used for something. It would be great for students with a tram stop outside."
But one couple, who did not wish to be named, said their house backs onto the site.
They said: "We are concerned about it because there’s going to be a lot of noise.
"A wall is all that separates us. We moved here because it is a nice place to live on a quiet cul-de-sac, so we'd be worried about the disturbance.
"Saying that, it would be nice to see the building used for something. We want to be informed and have more information about what is happening with it."
Arran Bailey, managing director of ALB Group - the firm also behind the redevelopment of the former Carlton Police Station site, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this former educational establishment, which is right next to a tram stop, providing fantastic transport links.
“Pending planning permission, we hope our potential plans for student accommodation can help to alleviate some of the concerns residents may have had about student properties and houses of multiple occupancy in residential areas.
"This site is away from those neighbourhoods, and we are pleased to be involved in the transformation of this part of a main Beeston gateway."