RESIDENTS' VIEWS ON PLANS TO BUILD 500-PLUS STUDENT FLATS HEAR THE MEADOWS
Under the heading 'What residents think about plans to build more than 500 student flats near The Meadows' Matt Jarram wrote ...
Residents have spoken out about plans to build more than 500 student homes on the edge of The Meadows.
Some residents believe that a block that size could 'free up' family homes currently occupied by students in Lenton and would bring business to the area.
Others feel that The Meadows would lose its identify if it became an area that was occupied by lots of students.
Jensco Group is proposing to build 'purpose-built student accommodation' on a derelict site between Traffic Street, Waterway Street West and Sheriffs Way.
If planning permission for the development is approved it would consist of two blocks of accommodation offering a mix of studio apartments and clustered bedrooms around a shared kitchen and lounge, for up to 523 students.
The site, which is near Castle Rock Brewery, used to be a former industrial print works, but developers say it has remained empty for many years.
A consultation is currently underway, with a planning application set to be submitted to Nottingham City Council in the coming months.
David Wright, 60, of The Meadows, said: "It is going to become a student area rather than a local area if they put it here.
"You get students all over the place. I think it is best to keep them where the universities are.
"The Meadows is becoming more of a metropolis. It used to have a village atmosphere. You put a load of students down here and you are going to drag in the criminals to rob the rooms."
Peter Anthony, 59, also from The Meadows, said the area was now attracting many new businesses but wasn't sure student accommodation was the right use of the land.
He said: "This street is up and coming. You are getting supermarkets, businesses opening, and there are two Castle Rock pubs.
"It is amazing. I think this area is developing naturally. I am not sure student accommodation is right for this part of town though. I think it would be out of place."
The Castle Rock pub, the Vat and Fiddle, is very close to where the new development will be built if it accepted by council planners.
Liam Garratt, assistant manager at the Vat and Fiddle, said: "I think it is exciting to have new people in the area because The Meadows is up and coming.
"It makes sense that students will come. It is spitting distance from the city and it becoming more modernised and it is up to us to adapt."
Louise Carlin, manager of the Vat and Fiddle, added: "In The Meadows you get more for your money and people are putting money into the area, with easy access to town.
"I hope it will be good for business."
Musician Tony Crosby, 72, of Mapperley Park, who is regularly in the area, said having blocks of homes like this would improve things for residents in Lenton.
He said: "I had friends in Lenton and it went down the tubes because students were coming in and there was noise and when they left there was rubbish.
"The main problem was that families were not living there anymore and the local area was losing its character.
"Developments like this are good because it leaves the housing stock for local people."
[Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Report & Crime Correspondent, Nottingham Post Tuesday 28 January 2020]