Joshua Hartley, writing in the Nottingham Post on Thursday 2 December 2021, reported that demolition is under way of the car showrooms on Derby Road in preparation for the redevelopment of the site as 700 bed student accommodation by Unite. The site is seen as a good location by students and that 'it's all students around here already really. It was also reported that 'people living in the area mostly approved of the ongoing project'.

Demolition underway in Lenton to prepare for huge student blocks, as area 'taken over by students'

People living in the area mostly approved of the ongoing project

The demolition of two former car dealerships to make way for a huge 700-bed student buildings has been largely welcomed by neighbours.

The site on Derby Road in Lenton previously comprised of two car dealerships, Toyota and Lexus, will be replaced by two new buildings - three to six storeys in height - creating 661 flats and 39 studio apartments.

Toyota and Lexus relocated to the former Jaguar showroom next door prior to work starting, with Jaguar having moved to new premises in Enterprise Way.

Residents, many of them students, thought in general that more purpose built accommodation was a positive for the area.

Onyeari Egbuji, 21, who studies economics at the University at Nottingham and lives in Lenton, said: "Lenton has been completely taken over by students.

"It's a good location right next to the Jubilee campus and I doubt anyone will really minds as like I said it's all students around here already really.

"The university could do with some new accommodation, because even the Riverside is a bit old now.

"It's a good idea and it's needed obviously or it wouldn't be built - I would definitely live here when it's all finished.

Daniel O'Sullivan, 19, and Ben Newton, 19, who both study at the University of Nottingham and live in Lenton, were impressed by the scale of the plans. Daniel said: "I wouldn't have guessed it would be a building that big.

"700 is a bit mad, there can't be that many students on the whole of Lenton Boulevard.

Ben added: "It might be a bit busier at the library or actually at the pub but that's not the end of the world really.

"It's probably in a prime location for people.

"There's already enough people running around screaming down Derby Road in the night but I don't think it will make that a lot worse."

Harriet Fairbanks, 24, a University of Nottingham student studying biology who lives in Lenton, said: "It's a good location because it's close to QMC and to the campuses.

"It's probably better for people to be here than to be in any of the accommodation right in the city centre where it's more expensive and worse quality.

"I think its better than private house shares to be in a block where students are concentrated, they're more trustworthy than student landlords.

"You might be a little bit frustrated if you're a home owner and this goes up over the road, but there's not really a perfect solution and a lot of the people here are students too."

A spokesperson for the site's developer, Unite Students, said: “Having secured planning approval for this exciting development back in March following extensive consultation with local residents, we have now begun work on this site which backs onto the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

“We intend for this property to be a safe and welcoming home for students where they can engage in the community, thrive and learn.

"Working in conjunction with the university, our core purpose is to create a home for success for all students who will live with us in this property.

“Once open, we aim for this property to be net-zero carbon, running on 100% renewable electricity with solar panels installed on the roof and an all-electric heating system, including air-source heat pumps.

"We will also be making substantial biodiversity improvements to the surrounding area, with improved access to the River Leen which the whole community will be able to enjoy.”

Demolition underway in Lenton to prepare for huge student blocks, as area 'taken over by students' - Nottinghamshire Live

Editor's Note

Notes prepared for Nottingham City Council's Planning Committee's meeting on 17 May 2021, where the Unite application (20/00141/PFUL3) was approved, include comments from a number of residents, as well as from the Nottingham Action Group on HMOs. The latter document is available by following this link and the information it contains:

16 November 2020: Planning Application 20/00141/PFUL3: Nottingham Action Group on HMOs

Comments on Unite Application & Revisions