DEVELOPER PLANS TO CHANGE BEESTON PUB INTO STUDENT FLATS
In the Nottingham Post (Tuesday 12 February 2019) Christian Riley and Jamie Barlow wrote ...
Plans to turn former Beeston pub into student flats likely to be given the green light
The site would have three flats with 18 bedrooms in total
Plans to turn a former Beeston pub into student apartments are likely to be given the go-ahead later this week.
Developers want to change the use of the former Queen's Hotel, in Queen's Road, into a house in multiple occupation.
The site is planned to feature three flats made up of a total of 18 bedrooms in total.
The plans are due to be discussed at a Broxtowe Borough Councilmeeting on Wednesday, February 13, and have been recommended to be approved, subject to a final decision being made at the meeting.
A council report, published ahead of the meeting, reads: "It is concluded that the proposal to convert the public house to a house in multiple occupation comprising three flats, including side extension and dormers to front and rear, is acceptable and will not have an adverse effect on neighbouring amenity or highway safety, and would respect the character of the non designated heritage asset."
A spokesman for Swish Architecture, the planning agent working on behalf of the developer, said: "The Queen’s Hotel in Beeston is a traditional public house that when open would have been a considerable source of noise and late-night activity in a mainly residential area.
"The current scheme for the site has been created in close collaboration with our client and the Broxtowe Borough Council planning officers, with the goals of conserving the existing building and positively improving the area in mind.
"The design has changed considerably since its first iteration in order to achieve an appropriate density on the site, with the introduction of off-street parking."
He added: "The completed scheme will restore and revitalise the character of the historic building, whilst providing quality modern accommodation for young professionals and students.
"In particular, missing stone lintels will be replaced, tired signage will be removed and the brickwork will be cleaned and restored.
"Our client is keen to provide the best quality accommodation for Beeston’s growing, young community in a way that improves the quality of the neighbourhood for existing and future residents.”
The plans were met with mixed reaction from residents.
Michael Aggio, 81, of Cator Lane, said: “I don’t think having more students around will a negative effect on Beeston at all. We’ve never had a problem with them before and they’ve got to have somewhere to live."
But retail manager Natasha Crookes, 42, of High Road, said: “Personally, I think we need more social housing. I don’t think there’s enough of that around here.
“We should be prioritising that before we start having even more student accommodation.”
And Dianne Burton, 79, of Wollaton Road, added: “I don’t want to be harsh but I think we have enough student accommodation.
"We have a lot of homeless people around here whom the council should be developing housing for instead.”
A Broxtowe Borough Council spokesman said: "The planning application for the Queen's Hotel on Queen's Road is set to be discussed by the planning committee on February 13."
The plans have been submitted by a private developer called Rocco Labbate.